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QOTD: Saturday, March 3, 2018

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.  William Arthur Ward Never have I found this to be more true than now.  After several relationships that didn't work out the way we had both hoped, a strained relationship with my parents for years, and a sometimes contentious relationship with people at work, it finally hit home that I was at the root of the problem.  Mind you I don't have enemies everywhere.  In fact, I don't believe I have any enemies at all, but I was definitely not focusing on the best in others, which negatively affected my relationships in all aspects of life.

This reminder caught me at a time when I'm several months into re-examining my past, current, and future relationships. In fact, I've noticed that in the last two weeks especially, where I've gone out of my way to highlight some of the best qualities of those around me. 

For example, while at lunch with a coworker from another team last week, …

QOTD: Friday, March 2, 2018

Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Mark Twain Admittedly I've been pretty bad at writing these daily, but that's okay.  Ever since I got back, it's been crazy trying to catch up on life, work, and my business.  However, I set up a bunch of these before I got back, so I'm committed to reflecting on them in public.  I think that a more sustainable goal will be to post my quotes of the day on Instagram, and maybe pick my favorite(s) to write about once a week.  I've also been slacking on my journaling since I got back, so not many QOTDs. 

Back to this quote though and my caffeine fueled thoughts.  At first glance this is motivation for me to keep doing what I'm doing, trying to kill it at work, grow our business, and continue traveling.   But then, on second glance, I almost wonder if good ole Marky Mark is inadvertently promoting doing things "for the Gram."  It's been hard for me, given my past, trying to fo…

QOTD: Thursday, March 1, 2018

The salvation of man is through love and in love.
Viktor Frankl As I laid in a hammock relaxing on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica listening to Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning, I couldn't help but focus on this quote.  There are so many aspects in my life where I can see the truth in Dr. Frankl's message. 
Love, for him, was what gave him the strength to continue bearing the trials of the Holocaust.  In a much less extreme fashion, love has served as the catalyst for me to push through the bullshit thinking and actions of my early to mid twenties, and begin the path to being a virtuous man.  Love I've received from those who matter, love I feel for them right back, and something new, love for myself...all this will be my salvation.
My birthday is just another day in 2018, but because of those whom I love and love me back, it is my special day.  If any of you read this, know that I love you very much.
Readers, sound off on how love is/has been your salv…

QOTD: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, 'What else could this mean?'"
Shannon L Adler Has anything you said ever been taken the wrong way?  How did you feel?  I can think back to the many times what I've said has been misunderstood (I've historically haven't had the best communication skills, but I've been working on it!).  I've felt attacked, embarrassed, defensive, and probably a bunch of other negative emotions.  I remembered wishing that they could be in my head so that they would see that what I was saying wasn't meant in a bad way, or at least for some understanding on how it could be taken differently.
This quote served as an apt reminder the other day when I was feeling particularly butt hurt about a comment my Airbnb host made to me.  In my head I knew that I must have misunderstood since there was a little of a language difference, but for the next day I couldn't shake the feel…

QOTD: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Nothing is really work unless you would rather do something else.
Sir James Barie This is an interesting one because I constantly suffer from FOMO.  If I'm at work doing something fun, I think about how nice the day is and how much I'd rather be hiking.  If I'm off hiking, I think about how much nicer it would be to be vegging at home not doing anything.  And if I'm at home vegging, I think about how much of a waste of time that is, and all the other things I could be doing. What does that bunch of rambling tell me? That I need to just enjoy the present moment and that some of these things will become less burdensome.  Speaking of which, after I write my next post, I'm going to go back to enjoying the peace and quiet of the Costa Rican beach hostel I'm staying in.

Internet, if anyone is out there...what would you rather be doing right now?

QOTD: Monday, February 26, 2018

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
Eleanor Roosevelt
I WISH I were going a better job at posting these snippets daily.  I PLAN on using my time off for the next 10 or so days to make this a daily habit.  It sounds like I'm spending my time doing something trivial, but I've committed to the fact that I need to be regular in my journaling.  This blog, along with my 5 Minute Journal, and my daily quotes on my Instagram, is one of the ways  I'm planning on doing so.
When I thought about this yesterday, I remembered many of the times where I lived with my head in the clouds.  I wish I had a better job, I wish I could experience new things, I wish I had better relationships, I wish I felt fulfilled.  Fortunately, through some effort, some humility, and whole lot of luck, I'm on a path where I am empowered to turn my wishes into plans which can possibly to turn into reality.  Secretly though, I'm learning to enjoy the planning and executing, and not gett…

QOTD: Sunday, February 25, 2018

As a cure for worrying, working is better than whiskey.
Thomas A. Edison As a whiskey enthusiast, but also a fan of the hustle, I found myself conflicted when pondering this quote early yesterday morning.  After years of worrying about things that didn't benefit me, and observing similar behaviors in my progenitors, I decided to embrace work as a method to calm the anxious voices in my head.  Reflecting on the progress made, it's encouraging to see that this course of action has positively affected the trajectory of my life. 

That being said...a good dram of whiskey once in a while is not a bad thing! :)

For anyone that may possibly read this at some point, sound off in the comments.  Whiskey or work to cure a worried mind?