January 14, 2019
Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.
Here we go again another week. We had over seven inches of snow this weekend but since we had no need to go out, we were fine. The bad news was the Indianapolis Colts football team ended their season with a loss to Kansas City. The good news is that my broken toe continues to heal and we are well.
I kick off my week with a lunch with an old friend who has her Doctorate in Nutrition, we are going to an especially healthy restaurant to catch up. Tomorrow I am off to the Doctors to see if I have healed enough to get out of my therapeutic boot.
I don’t know about you but at my age I realize I need to make the most of the weeks I have left, time seems to fly faster as the weeks go by. Here are some edited suggestions on how we make our weeks great.
7 Tips to Make This A Great Week
by Peter Clemens
Well Monday is here again. While this of course means the weekend is over, it also means a new week of unlimited potential lies ahead. The following are 7 ideas that will help you have a happy, productive and meaningful week:
- Set Goals – Ideally on Sunday (but Monday is ok), I like to take some time out to think about the week ahead. I follow Dr Covey’s approach to goal-setting as outlined in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This involves the following:
Identifying Roles: identify the key roles in your life. If you haven’t given this much thought before, just write down what immediately comes to mind. Some of my roles, for example, are: father, husband, blogger, employee, and uncle.
Selecting Goals: next think of 2 or 3 important things you would like to accomplish in each of these roles in the coming week.
Scheduling: this basically involves taking the above goals, and scheduling time to do them. Be flexible though – in most cases some daily adapting is also needed.
- Get the Most Out of Every Day– This may sound like a cliche, but each and every day is a gift. Don’t indefinitely delay happiness in your life or settle for being bored. Be inspired. Live with vitality. Enjoy life every day.
- Do That Thing You Are Resisting – Almost everyone has at least one thing that they are resisting. Perhaps it is fixing something around the house, making an important phone call or re-starting the exercise habit. Get that thing done, and you will be sure to feel to feel as if you have accomplished something this week.
- Nurture Your Relationships – I truly believe that happiness is highly dependent on the quality of our relationships with other people. So be committed to nurturing these relationships.
- Stretch Yourself – Stretch yourself by trying something new this week.
- Be Disciplined – Starting the week by setting goals is a bit like making new year’s eve resolutions: they are easy to make, but as time progresses it can be hard to capture the same motivation that was present when you first made them.
- Make a Difference – This week commit to making a positive difference in the world. Even the following small actions can make a big difference in the life of another person and/ or the world:
Plant a tree
Volunteer your time for a good cause
Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.
A man asks his guru, “Do you have anything that stops the aging process?”
The guru responds, “Sure. What kind of disease would you like?”
A husband and wife were involved in a petty argument, both of them unwilling to admit they might be in error. “I’ll admit I’m wrong,” the wife told her husband in a conciliatory attempt, “if you’ll admit I’m right.”
He agreed and, like a gentleman, insisted she go first.
“I’m wrong,” she said.
With a twinkle in his eye, he responded, “You’re right!”
My home church welcomes all denominations, but really prefers tens and twenties.
They tell me that:
Only a true Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption, and that you don’t “HAVE” them but “PITCH” them.
Only a true Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc., make up “a mess.”
Only a true Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of “yonder.”
Only a true Southerner knows exactly how long “directly” is – as in, “Going to town, be back directly.”
Even Southern babies know that “Gimme some sugar” is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl on the middle of the table.
All true Southerners know exactly when “by and by” is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.
Only a true Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who’s got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. (If the neighbor’s trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin’!)
Only true Southerners grow up knowing the difference between “right near” and “a right far piece.” They also know that “just down the road” can be 1 mile or 20.
Only a true Southerner both knows and understands the difference between a redneck, a good ol’ boy, and po’ white trash.
No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.
A true Southerner knows that “fixin'” can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.
Only true Southerners make friends while standing in lines. We don’t do “queues,” we do “lines”; and when we’re “in line,” we talk to everybody!
Put 100 true Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they are related, even if only by marriage.
True Southerners never refer to one person as “y’all.”
True Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.
Every true Southerner knows that eating tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee is perfectly wonderful; that redeye gravy is also a breakfast food and that fried green tomatoes are not.
When you hear someone say, “Well, I caught myself lookin’… ,” you know you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!
Only true Southerners say “sweet tea” and “sweet milk.” Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it – we do not like our tea unsweetened. “Sweet milk” means you don’t want buttermilk.
Only true Southerners ask for “light bread.” That means you don’t want cornbread or biscuits.
And a true Southerner knows you don’t scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say, “Bless her heart” and go your own way!
Each Monday is a canvas and only you choose with which colors you’ll paint it, you create your own mood.
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