Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T. S. Eliot
Note: Ray will be on assignment next week so he has delegated the staff to do fall cleaning.
The Daily will return next Thursday.
It seems to me that time goes by faster every year and as the weeks fly by I realize that I am running out of time to do everything I would like to do. As you know our bucket list will always be full if we don’t start to do some of the things that are on it. As I look back I recognize how many opportunities I missed because I never took advantage the chance to do something that was worth my time.
In truth we will never swim if every time we put our toe in the water we decide it is too cold to take the plunge. I wonder sometimes if the failure to do something rewarding is because of excessive worry over the risks involved or a propensity to just go with the flow and avoid all challenges. What I do know is that once we learn not to be held back by either real or imagined barriers life becomes more interesting, sometimes more exciting, occasionally fun filled and always more satisfying.
Some time ago bestselling author Gretchen Rubin sent this article where she shares her technique for overcoming the reluctance to act. Here is what she said:
When I’m reluctant to take a risk or face something uncomfortable, I ask myself these five questions which, in melodramatic form, I call the “Five Fateful Questions.” They help me think clearly about a situation.
What am I waiting for?
What would I do if I weren’t scared?
What steps would make things easier?
What would I do if I had all the time and money in the world?
What is the worst, and the best, that could happen?
For example, when I considered switching from law to writing, I thought, “I’m moving to New York, the publishing capitol of the country. I have friends who are agents and writers who can give me advice. I have an idea for a book that I’m dying to write, and in fact, I’ve already started writing it. I really want to be a writer. What am I waiting for?” Nothing. I made the switch.
What about you? Do you ask yourself these questions — or do you have a question of your own? I suspect there are more than five fateful questions! Though that phrase does have a nice ring to it. Which ones have I overlooked?
Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
e. e. Cummings
Kids rules for life:
Never tell your mom her diet’s not working.” – Michael, age 14
“Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.” – Joel, age 12
“When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she’s on the phone.” – Alyesha, age 13
“Never try to baptize a cat.” – Laura, age 13
If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you’ve never tried before.
Recently, a magazine ran a contest. They were looking for people to submit quotes from their real-life managers. Here are some of the submissions:
1. As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next Wednesday and employees will receive their cards in two weeks. (This was the winning quote from Fred Dales at Microsoft Corp in Redmond, WA.)
2. What I need is a list of specific unknown problems we will encounter. (Lykes Lines Shipping)
3. E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It should be used only for company business (Accounting manager, Electric Boat Company)
4. This project is so important, we can’t let things that are more important interfere with it. (Advertising/Marketing manager, United Parcel Service)
5. Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule. No one will believe you solved this problem in one day! We’ve been working on it for months. Now, go act busy for a few weeks and I’ll let you know when it’s time to tell them. (R&D supervisor, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing/3M Corp.)
I pretend to work. They pretend to pay me.
A husband and his wife advertised for a live-in maid to cook and do the housework. A likely-looking girl came in from the country, and they hired her. She worked out fine, was a good cook, was polite, and kept the house neat.
One day, after about six months, she came in and said she would have to quit.
“But why?” asked the disappointed wife.
She hemmed and hawed and said she didn’t want to say, but the wife was persistent, so finally she said, “Well, on my day off a couple of months ago I met this good-looking fellow from over in the next county, and well, I’m pregnant.”
The wife said, “Look, we don’t want to lose you. My husband and I don’t have any children, and we’ll adopt your baby if you will stay.”
She talked to her husband; he agreed, and the maid said she would stay. The baby came, they adopted it, and all went well.
After several months though, the maid came in again and said that she would have to quit. The wife questioned her, found out that she was pregnant again, talked to her husband, and offered to adopt the baby if she would stay. She agreed, had the baby, they adopted it, and life went on as usual.
In a few months, however, she again said she would have to leave. Same thing. She was pregnant. They made the same offer, she agreed, and they adopted the third baby. She worked for a week or two, but then said, “I am definitely leaving this time.”
“Don’t tell me you’re pregnant again?” asked the lady of the house.
“No,” she said, “there are just too many kids here to pick up after.”
”In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”
I’m not fat just horizontally disproportionate.
I’m not loafing. I work so fast I’m always finished
I’m not opinionated, I’m just always right!
I’m not paranoid! Which of my enemies told you that?
Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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