A Memorial Day Conversation!
A day on which those who died in active military service are remembered, officially observed on the last Monday in May.
Most people, including me, have posted on our social media platforms encouraging people to remember that Memorial Day weekend is not just a three day weekend.
What if we did more? (Really good things happen from “What if?” questions)
What if you were able to talk to an 18 year-old who paid the ultimate sacrifice on D Day?
After you thanked them for their service and told them how much you appreciate their sacrifice, what if they asked you what you had done with the freedom they helped ensure for you?
Would you feel comfortable giving this hero the same excuses you have been giving yourself? I wouldn’t.
“I know that at age 18, you were in a foreign country battling the weather and enemies who wanted to kill you. But at 37, I have to work with somebody who (fill in the blank) some possibilities:
…doesn’t like me.
…doesn’t understand me.
…isn’t a good boss.
…wants me to do things in a way, I don’t like.
…won’t let me talk on my cell phone anytime I want to.
I understand some people are enduring some really tough times. There are those who truly are a victim and have to pay the consequences of other people’s decisions. Those cases are few and far between.
Honestly, that isn’t me. I would be embarrassed for that 18 year old to hear the excuses I have used. The question is will that fact change my mindset and focus? Will it yours?
Here are some summer stats:
Summer begins on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 22:34 UTC (5:34 pm CDT). The duration of summer is exactly 93 days, 15 hours, and 47 minutes.
Quick math — you have basically 20 days until summer. You have 93 days in summer. 113 days until the end of summer.
You can change a lot in 113 days. What are you going to do to make it easier
to talk to that 18 year old solider who paid the ultimate sacrifice for your freedom? Maybe this will help us.
S — Standards. Tony Robbins talks about how we always get our standards. What areas of your life do you need to adjust your standards?
U — Until. Until you get out of your own way, nothing changes. There will always be reasons why it won’t work until you stop listening to those reasons.
M — Motivation. What is your why? When your Why is strong enough, anything is possible.
M — Move. We can plan, strategize, meet, discuss, and keep talking. Let’s try moving toward the direction of our goals.
E — Easy. Stop making the first step so difficult. The first step makes the second step possible. One foot in front of the other. Make the first step easier.
R — Re-Adjust. Once we have the why and we start moving, we need to understand we will have to re-adjust. As we learn new information, we can
make better decisions and re-adjust our focus.
Today, say a prayer for the families who have paid so much. Thank a veteran or active military.
I don’t think I would want to sit down with a hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep this country free and tell them all the excuses I have used in my lifetime.
This summer, let’s expect more from ourselves and eliminate the excuses.
What are you going to do this summer to “Get out of your own Way?”
God Bless our heroes!