The Presents, the Present, and the Past

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Well everyone, most of us have given and received all the presents we will have for 2013. So…what’d you give/get!? Socks? iPad? Beef Jerky? A new VNX 5400!? A possibility of something extraordinary?

It’s the end of another year, and we know what that means:

  • Our swimsuits are tucked away (unless you live in CA/FL…)
  • We’re about to start going to the gym again…
  • Did you get that project done by the EOY deadline?
  • Our new years resolutions are being finalized for the world to know

When I look back on the year that was, I can’t help but notice all of technologies that have surfaced and revolutionized our everyday lives. Today’s world has become incredibly transformed into a digital era. Literally everything is at our fingertips, and of course we take advantage of that. We all tweet, text, watch, talk, think, comment, search, forecast, like, on the same fast-spinning multi-tasking Merry Go ‘Round. And so far, I have been “enjoying” this ride with the best of them!

However, I have very realized recently that as efficient as I can be, and as many things I can get done at one time, and as thankful as I am for all of these capabilities, often times I miss the things that are most prevalent, and most important. Imagine a skipping stone on a lake that never seems to sink…

Skipping-RocksWell today, not tomorrow, is when I decided that I want to live more in the present. I need to live more in the present. Am I saying that I am wearing my non-multitasking patch on my shoulder? Not even close! What I am saying is there is a time for multi-tasking, and there is a time to focus on the present, what is right in front of you.

What are we really in a rush for, anyways?

As we ring in the new year, and as we put the last sprinkle on our resolution sundae, do yourself a favor and focus on what really matters to you. Choose something that can make you a better person. Take your time…

To be continued…

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You’ll Never Change…?

You’re never going to change. It’s groundhog day…every day. You’re complacent, stagnant, and unwilling to live your life the way you actually want to, and will live a life full of regrets and wishes unable to come true…

BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT LET THEM!

This is harsh, and possibly a bit extreme. But what will it take for you to actually make a change?

“I’ll start going next week”, “Maybe next year”, “I can’t”, “I’m too busy to worry about myself”, “It’s too late”, I’m scared”.

Seriously think about this….sound familiar? As much as we all love to complain about things, and as easy as it is to continue down that “normal” path, do you really want to? Now of course, that path may be the easier one, or the one with the least resistance, but is it the path you want to be remembered by?

If there was one thing you’d like to do today/this month/this year/this decade, what is it?

A promotion? A trip to Europe? A new beginning? How about running a race? Maybe lose “a few” pounds? Happiness? No matter where you are in your life, where you are located, what your profession is, how overweight (or underweight), or how unbearably miserable you are, you CAN change. The only thing you have to ask yourself is how badly you want to change.

…”If you want something bad enough, you’ll find a way to make it happen.”… (Please refrain from taking this down a path of, “What if I want a million dollars and a camel and my own jet plane and a genie in a bottle to bring you everything you could imagine!?”. Let’s keep this in the realm of reality)

This is the motto I have lived by since 2005. There have been times when I’ve had a few relapses and chose not to think about it (selective memory, I guess?), but for the most part, it has steered me in the right direction. We all have excuses, we all have our dreams, and we all have the gap that lies between the two. All it takes is motivation, desire, and support in order to close it.

So for you to change, you need to want it. Badly. If you are not changing, it is only because you’re not letting yourself.

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And in case you were wondering, on a recent vacation to NYC, I stumbled across a message on the sidewalk that got me thinking… 🙂

Hotel California

As much of a shock it is to admit, Jack got away.

*Dramatic pause*

In hindsight, the absolutely crazy part is how content I was with it. There were so many people to see, places to go, meals to be had, and beaches to enjoy, that Jack simply became an afterthought.

Throughout my vacation back to the homeland, one thing I kept thinking to myself throughout was how quickly and how vastly things have changed. From my food preferences, to siblings who are now in college (I feel so old!), to dear friends that are now engaged/married, to the horrendously Wall-E-esqe and incredibly enjoyable Cinopolis theatres that are now taking San Diegans by storm, it has all changed so rapidly.

Wading in the Pacific, soaking up the Dana Point sun, with all forms of communication cut off, I was able to reflect. On family…on friendships…on my career…my successes and failures…and how my life and I have changed since leaving California.

Change is refreshing. Change helps me wake in the morning. Change challenges me to not accept complacency. Most importantly, change helps me appreciate the journey and where it all started.