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shifting gears September 4, 2012

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shifting gears

Nooooooo. This is not another one of my tales where I somehow manage to sneak in a stealthy connection to the Bugatti Veyron. I am not THAT devious. Mostly. But it is an argument for the need we all have to shift gears every now and then. So many of us get stuck in a rut—working 24/7, never stopping, or working 9-5, coming home & wasting our evenings in mindless wonders. Others of us work hard to play hard. Then there those of us who just settle; whatever comes along next is what we follow. Some of us fall into a seasonal pattern—last vacation, pre-vacation, vacation, & next vacation; we work to build up a bundle of $$$ to play next year.

The point is that we rarely take a breath long enough to look at the broad brush strokes across the journey of life. For some of us our journey is like a carriage ride—we cruise along steadily, calmly, enjoying life’s scenery, letting the horse set our life’s pace. For a few of us, the journey is more like the German Autobahn, where life (& Veyron’s) know NO speed limits. We are determined to get ahead no matter what. But for others, the journey is like a Ferris Wheel at the County Fair; we allow our life simply to go round and round, having both highs and lows, then we go round again.

Whatever your life pattern, wouldn’t it make sense to take at least a little control and consciously shift gears every now and then? To some degree all of us can grab hold of life’s gear shift and make conscious efforts to pick it up a little when the pressure is on, or to slow it down to take those much needed breaks. To not do so is to feed the flames of fatigue, burn-out, decreased productivity, and shattered relationships.

Shifting gears, though, just doesn’t happen. None of us has the luxury of an automatic-journey. We are designed to be actively involved in directing and redirecting our lives, much like a certain car I will not mention. NOT to steer your life leads invariably to a certain crash. And with the many twists and turns in life’s roadways we are going to have to do a substantial amount of steering, slowing down at the curves, pulling over for refueling, and speeding up on those straightaways!

Shifting gears is a lot more work than driving through life on automatic: and it’s a lot more fun, too.

Okay, I’m not that strong after all. Grrr !

Have a nice week,

Gary

gut feelings April 5, 2012

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Gut feelings

Most human beings have them at one time or another throughout their life. Some of us trust our gut feelings more; others, less. Some of us go into Risk Assessment mode: others simply make a snap decision and implement. Gut Feelings are the simple result of the blending of intuition and discernment based on accumulated knowledge and past experience. In other words, living life. These processes operate subconsciously until needed; then they percolate to the surface to play their part in our decision-making process. Thus the question before us becomes—  To what degree can we trust our gut feelings?

The question points us back to at least two other questions about ourselves.

1.      To what degree do I feel safe in life?

2.      To what degree do I trust anything, or, anyone (for that matter)?

Having a sense of personal safety lays a broad foundation for so much of life’s quirky situations. If you feel safe within yourself, you are more prone to serve others, to make decisions more readily, to be able to care even when the road ahead becomes unclear. Developing an ability to trust people— as dangerous as it might often prove, is still our best ally in times of need, or when teamwork is essential to get the job done. It is also an essential thread in the very fabric of human relationships.

Being safe (personal security) and trusting others are both outgrowths of practice and knowing your core values. The more you can define your core values, beliefs, and personhood, the more safety and trust will be able to function freely in your life. Thus, gut feelings join our inner and outward selves into a unified presentation to others of who we truly are. Gut feelings align with confidence and accomplishment to forge our character and to create a stronger person, one whose assurance in making correct decisions proves true. Then, other people are more comfortable trusting us, more comfortable following our leadership.

Now let’s throw trusting God into the mix. Acting on a gut feeling about trusting Him can add a great deal of certitude to your overall confidence in facing a difficult dilemma. Try it. You’ll like it. [Except for the first time. That’s scary.]

Take the plunge,

Gary

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glider pilot March 12, 2012

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  glider pilot

Ever wonder what it’s like? Silently slipping through the thermals at 3000’–5000’? Just you. No strings attached; the tether to the aerotow plane, severed moments ago, now seems like forever; or just the blink of an eye. The majesty of the earth moves slowly below you; the horizon’s expanse stretches 360º; the sky above, brilliantly blinding! You are suspended between two worlds and you never want to land. Your spirit soars! You are free.  …if only for a moment.

Most of us need an experience where we soar above our everyday circumstances to regain perspective on how to function in the daily warp ‘n woof of life. It is too easy to simply get caught up in our activities. Yet purpose and productivity, whether raising strong-willed children, running a Fortune 500 company, or starting out as a mechanic in a garage all demand that we check in with ourselves periodically to regain a sense of where we are in process.

There are a variety of areas where regaining clear perspective is critical. Here’s my list—

  1. A clear conscious and a clean heart.
  2. Healthy relationships with those around you.
  3. Juggling your time with wisdom.
  4. Realistically defining your strengths and weaknesses.
  5. Use of your discretionary cash.
  6. Actually planning for the unexpected…, & the expected.
  7. Knowing your place in the universe.  [a.k.a.— knowing your place before God.]
  8. Listening to learn more from others.
  9. Developing the arts of sacrifice & service.
  10. Slowing your soul.

Pick five. Get to work. You might find yourself just as free on the earth as gliding above it.

 

Have a nice week,

Gary

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