A few weeks ago I had an amazing opportunity.
One morning I found myself with a few free hours of nothing on my schedule. I had no dishes to wash, clothes to launder, lawn to mow, or floors to vacuum. I had some time to relax!
Sounds awesome, right? Well, it was a pretty odd situation for me. That sort of free time isn’t something I typically have a lot of.
But, I learned a valuable lesson that morning.
Everybody is always seeking that mountaintop experience.
So many people watch awards shows to see their favorite movie actor, TV beauty, or singer achieve the pinnacle of success. Every March I fight back a little tear as “One Shining Moment” plays and the new NCAA basketball champs are crowned.
Whether it’s winning an Oscar, getting a platinum album, or putting on a championship ring, most people have an ultimate goal – a mountaintop – they are trying to reach.
What about you?
Are you one of those people who doesn’t always know how to appreciate the help?
Do you hate to ask anybody to help you? Would you rather do just about anything yourself than rely on someone else to help you do it? After all, you don’t want to bother anybody.
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, welcome to the club. I am the president.
I’m not necessarily proud of it, but too often that’s me.
Have you ever set a goal that was really hard to achieve?
First of all, I really hope you have. But, that’s not the point for now.
Have you looked at that goal and thought, “How am I going to get there?”
If so, I’ve got good news. And a little story to share! (more…)
Do you think it’s important to get the trophy?
Before you give up on this post, I assure you it is not a spirited diatribe on my opinions about everybody getting a trophy just for showing up.
I’ll spare you my thoughts on that subject.
Instead I want you to really think – how important is it to you to get the trophy?
Do you find yourself trying really hard to fit in?
Maybe it’s at work. You dress just the right way so other people don’t really notice you. Perhaps it’s in your friend group. Sometimes you find yourself watching the same shows or reading the same books so they don’t notice you’re different.
Unfortunately it could even be at your church. You smile and put on that happy face. Shake hands and give hugs, when you’re really struggling with a few things and working out some others.
So why do we try so hard to fit in?