Archive for March, 2008

2008/03/20

Quotes of the Day 20080320

“We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity.” — Walter E. Cole, Korean War Hero

This is a great quote, something I need to take to heart. Even after nearly 5 years of continuous personal development this is still one of my shortcomings. I still allow myself to be paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty inherent in certain situations. Or to put it another way, I’ve found myself fearful and unwilling to face up to what I know I need to do. Have you ever found yourself feeling that way? I’ve read Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, but I’m just not doing it 😦 How do you overcome the fear and paralysis?

2008/03/20

Gratitude Journal 20080319

I am thankful for

  1. KBW lighting a fire under my butt w/ regard to work.
  2. A working washer and dryer.
  3. Mrs. J.M. for giving CIB a ride home from school on a rainy day.
  4. My cell phone.
  5. Our high speed internet connection that allows me to work from home.
  6. GAB for cooking dinner.
  7. LEB for taking the dog to “puppy class.”
  8. Food to eat.
  9. Hot showers.
  10. Rechargeable batteries.

I acknowledge myself for

  1. Focusing on my health and taking a walk.
  2. Focusing on my health and doing some body weight calisthenics.
  3. Being consistent by reading 10+ pages of personal development material.
  4. Being consistent by listening to 30+ minutes of personal development material.
  5. Being helpful by washing and drying clothes.
  6. Being helpful by folding clothes.
  7. Being open to learning via constructive criticism from KBW.
  8. Having the fortitude and tenacity to work a problem until 2100 last.
  9. Being health focused by drinking green tea.
  10. Being disciplined enough to get dressed for work right down to lace up shoes even though I work from home.
2008/03/19

Quotes of the Day 20080319

“Only free people can hold their purpose and their honor steady to a common end, and prefer the interests of mankind to any narrow interest of their own.” — Woodrow Wilson 1856 – 1924, 28th President of the United States

What is freedom? For me, a big part of freedom is being able to go where you want, when you want and do whatever you want with whomever you want without having to worry about how much any of it costs and of course without preventing anyone else from doing the same. It is being able to do and say whatever I want without harming anyone else.

If I can get myself to that level of freedom that frees me to work for the good of all mankind. It is truly the rare individual who can focus on doing big things when they themselves or their family is starving. Harriet Tubman escaped to freedom first herself, then went back to help free others. What do you think?

2008/03/19

Gratitude Journal 20080318

I am thankful for

  1. LEB cooking dinner.
  2. A working washer and dryer.
  3. A working dish washer.
  4. Online banking.
  5. High speed internet.
  6. That LEB got my desk chair fixed.
  7. Friends.
  8. My cell phone.
  9. Hugs from the kids.
  10. That MJB and CIB walked home safely from school.

I acknowledge myself for:

  1. Deciding to be healthy and taking a walk.
  2. Deciding to be healthy and doing some bodyweight calisthenics.
  3. Focusing on the family by eating dinner together.
  4. Being consistent by reading 10+ pages of personal development material.
  5. Being consistent by listening to 30+ minutes of personal development material.
  6. Being open to learning.
  7. Being disciplined by taking a shower.
  8. Being helpful by washing and drying clothes.
  9. Being helpful by folding clothes.
  10. Taking care of the dog.