Are you sitting or standing?

October 31, 2017

From a recent post on the Jack’s Winning Words blog – “It’s easy to sit up and take notice.  What is difficult is getting up and taking action.”  (Honore de Balzac)

Last week Detroit hosted a bunch of women who have decided to stand up and take action. This Women’s Convention in Detroit grew out of the Women’s March on andrew-robles-295224Washington, which was itself a protest against what many women felt was a more than just a macho attitude in Washington about women or just boys and men behaving badly. The movement grew out of the decision of one woman to stand up and take action, rather than just sit watching the TV and lamenting the news in Washington D.C. as it unfolded.

The fact is that we are all confronted on a daily basis with many things that we need to evaluate our reactions to and take the appropriate actions. We see bullying and walk bully.pnghurriedly on by; we see acts driven by racism or homophobia and look away in hopes that now one saw us; we pass by the beggar and avoid eye contact; we make it a point to avoid the person who just ended a relationship because we really don’t want to hear about it; we don’t go to visit the sick person in the hospital because we just don’t have the time to waste; we don’t correct the person making inappropriate remarks or touching us inappropriately because we just want to “get along”.

The fact is that we all sit by and take notice of many things that we should be standing up and doing something about. I do. You do. We all do. Does that make it right? No! The coulda woulda shouldaexcuses are all the same. “I don’t want to get involved”.” “It’s not my problem.” “I don’t have time for that.” I would posit that as a fellow human being you are already involved, it is your problem as soon as you recognize it and there is nothing more important that you could spend your time on that helping a fellow human being. In Mark 12:31 Jesus told us that the second Great Commandment is, “Love your neighbor and you love yourself.” You cannot love your neighbor if you ignore him and his problems.

Now, obviously, you cannot spend all of your time seeking out and solving the problems of those around you. That is not what is meant by “getting up and taking action”; however, you can decide to stop avoiding or ignoring what is going on around you. Just like the women who have use the hashtag #MeToo, you can decide to start speaking up about the injustices or prejudices that you experience or see in your day to day life. You may get thrown off a plane, like the women on the News recently who complained about being racially targeted for reassignment of a seat on the plane. You may be passed overstart-with-me for some promotion or reward because you won’t “play ball” with your boss; however, in the long run right will win out.  Being in the right and deciding to stay on that side and take action, not only means never having to say you’re sorry; in many cases, (especially those involving high profile lawyers) being right and standing up and doing something about it is rewarding in more ways than just emotionally.

So, take stock at the end of the day and look back on the things that were wrong that you took notice of. Did you stand up or sit by passively and hope that they would quickly pass? How does that make you feel? What can you do differently tomorrow? Don’t take the easy way out. Don’t just sit up; stand up for what you know is right. Stand up and have a great week.

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Wind yourself up…

July 29, 2014

“You can’t turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again.”  (Bonnie Prudden)

That little saying that I saw on the Jack’s Winning Words blog hit home for me because I’m in the process of trying to wind my own clock up a bit by turning back the clock on my weight. I’ve been on one of those diets where one substitutes a supplement shake for a couple of meals a day for about a month now and have dropped a little over 10 pounds. I kiddingly measure my progress by trying to remember who was in the White House the last time I was at a certain weight level. I think I’m at the same level now as I was when grandfather clockRichard Nixon was President. I’m shooting for the Kennedy years, before too much beer in college took over.

Some people are naturally upbeat and full of energy; while others (I count myself in this group) need a little push I the right direction to get started. That’s one reason that I look forward to getting my daily email about the topic that day on the Jack’s Winning Words blog. Jack tends to choose more upbeat quotes or at least quotes that make one think and that’s a good start to any day. That allows one to engage the brain before engaging the mouth, which is another little saying that I’ve seen somewhere.

I also get a good start to each day curtesy of my dogs. They need to go for a walk the first thing each morning; so, off we go usually at about 6 AM to tour the neighborhood and take care of business.  They arewalking dogs usually frisky in the morning, so this is a brisk walk to start my day and theirs. I find that to be refreshing and it gives me a little re-charge before I launch into each day. We actually walk four times a day and visit the dog park every day, all of which is helping with my weight loss goals.

But, enough about me; how about you? Do you need on occasion to rewind your clock, to re-energize yourself?  How do you do that? Sometimes just starting your day reading something inspirational can help to get you in a more positive frame of mind. That’s one reason that I try to write more upbeat posts and get them posted early in the day. I hope that they help someone somewhere get a better start on their day.

reaching goalSo, don’t look back and try to turn the clock back. That isn’t going to happen anyway. Instead rewind your clock and look forward to new things, new opportunities, meeting new people, having new adventures in life, learning new things and achieving new goals. Remember this little piece of advice…

“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” -Bil Keane

Rewind your clock and enjoy the present of today. And, for those coming off a bad yesterday, here’s a another simple but great thought for today –

“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” – H. G. Wells

Wind yourself up and have a great today!