Plan is not a four letter word

I have to thank one of my favorite PR people (Heather Whaling) for writing a blog post that inspired me to write this post. Yesterday was a day of planned family time for our little clan. It turned out to be a great day. We got work done outside. The kids were having a good time. We celebrated a great accomplishment and are looking forward to a fantastic adventure this summer.  It was a good day.

But what Heather’s post made me realize is how important it is to take this time out. My wife and I have often said that we are so busy that we just don’t have time to do a lot of things because those rudimentary tasks, like laundry, just take so much time. However, if I were to take a step back, it really isn’t that there isn’t enough time. It is that there isn’t enough planning – prioritization and organization. Life is chaotic, especially with two young kids, and sports, and dance, and work. Oh, and did I mention sports? 🙂 Yet, it can be managed. Life doesn’t have to be a suck. It should be enjoyed.

This is why I love springtime. It makes me remember and appreciate that no matter how cold or crappy winter was, there is so much to enjoy about life – if you stop and breathe it all in. So, I’m doing just that. I’m focusing on my health more. I’m focusing on my family more. I’m prioritizing at home and at work. Will I get caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle? Probably. That is how it goes. But, like riding a bike, if you fall off, you dust yourself off and get back on to ride again.

Together, if we support each other, we can do this. We can make it through this wonderful thing called Life. It just takes a little planning.



As the world passes us by

I was driving in to work today and as traffic ground down to a slow crawl, I happened to look over to the car next to me. The driver was holding a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in his hand. Seeing that cup triggered an odd thought. All of the people that drink coffee from a joint like that toss the cup when they’re done and they get a new cup, filled to the brim, ready to be discarded once empty the next day. A cycle that never seems to end, yet is temporary in nature.

As I pondered this, the song on my car stereo was telling me the world was passing me by. Seemed fitting.

There are plenty of things in our lives that we view as permanent. And also plenty that we term temporary. In the larger scheme of things, we as individuals are only temporary. We may not like to think about it, but everything at some point will end for us. Children grow into adults. Buildings are built and torn down or crumble. Machines break down. It is the nature of all things. Yet, we try to make things permanent.

Is all of this a futile exercise? I don’t think so. What I do think is that we have to realize that things change. We have to be able to adapt and make the most of any situation we are a part of. That is the wondrous thing about all of this. We are given a limited amount of time, yet we are given the freedom to do with it whatever we choose. That is pretty awesome.

So, the choice is yours – let the world pass you by or jump on and take the ride.