4.23.2009

Get On It

Cliches may be tired but that doesn't necessarily make them wrong. There is nobody with a greater ability to positively effect your life than you. You can't blame someone else for what you haven't done.

Someone I spoke with last night said something poignant to me. It is better to swing and miss than to just stand there with your bat on your shoulder. What that means is that, in failing, you are still moving forward, striving for better. If you aren't trying then you can't fail but you also can't succeed.

Anyway, here are some other cliches that come to mind. And yes, I am squarely back to being optimistic and pretty happy with the way things are progressing. We are moving forward, we are making progress and we will, eventually, come out on the other side of this financial crisis in a stronger place.

Carpediem - seize the day. Grab a hold of it, lead your day where you want to go, control your destiny and you're more likely to get there.
Life is what you make of it - well of course it is. But its a really good thing to try and keep at the forefront of your mind. If you are angry then your life is angry. If you are lazy then your life is lazy. If you waste your time then your life is wasted.
Do not try, do - actually, I just like pretending I'm Yoda every now and again.
Be here now - constantly looking forward or backward means that you are rarely fully engaged in the here and now. Thinking about what happened at work this afternoon to dreading the commute tomorrow morning distract you from recognizing that you are in the now. One thing is in the past and can't be changed, the other is in the future and you'll just have to wait for it to get here before you know how that turns out.
The present is a gift - its a gift that keeps opening up before you every single instant of every single second of every single day of every single life. Until the moment you die, every instant is a gift and not a bad gift at all.

What I'm trying to say is that you get out of your life exactly what you put into it. What did you always want to do? What have you always wanted to be? Write it down, own it, say it out loud, work towards your goals.
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