Where Has the Bus Been?
In the last five months, I have written on various topics to challenge the way we think, act, and live our lives. All written with purpose to build a movement of people committed to bettering the community around them. I’ve shared YouTube videos for inspiration. Discussed techniques for finding your passion and living with intention. Tossed out the idea of allowing our hearts and minds to think like a child and treat life as a daily opportunity to build something great.
All the while, I’ve done my best to maintain a clear vision while still being adventurous enough to challenge myself in both personal and professional growth. Having met obstacles along the way and roads that seemed all up hill, I have felt the support of my devoted readers every Sunday. Each of you inspires my writing and provide the thoughts and ideas that become words to live by.
Being consistent and sticking to a program is something that I try to maintain each day of every week. Even with a regimen, energy levels can drop, and it can seem like you’re running on ‘E’ each morning when waking up. Have you ever felt like this? Woken up in the morning and felt exhausted and found yourself saying, “I just need to re-energize”? Our bodies, both physical and mental components, are similar to the car you drive everyday. Without proper maintenance and recovery, a car will begin to deteriorate until it eventually reaches a point beyond return – so to will your body.
Physically, I’ve driven nearly 20,000 miles since the beginning of June. I’ve flown another 6,000 miles with another 4,000-5,000 on the horizon. My feet have logged over 1,000 miles on the road. All the while, my mind has also traveled to all of these places with me. Now, it’s time to re-energize and re-fuel the mind and body for the next year.
Where is the Bus Going?
In case you haven’t been to your local grocery store lately, I will go ahead and break the news that Christmas season is here. Forget Thanksgiving and dig out the Christmas decorations and make an evening out of decorating the family tree!
With the holidays approaching, my fiancé and I will be traveling to visit family as well as preparing for our wedding next March. The days are zipping by without hesitation, and the next couple of months are going to demand a lot of attention for other facets of life.
The bus is still going to be moving, and is sure to make it to 2015, but it is going to require a pretty large re-fill on the tank to get there. As I do twice each year, I will be taking the rest of the year off from writing Sunday posts. My challenge to you is to do the same. Take 1-2 hours each week and devote it to something that will provide you with a jolt of energy. Whatever the ‘jolt’ is, build it into your current routine. Open up your Outlook calendar and intentionally schedule it in. I don’t care what time of day you schedule it, or which day of the week you schedule it on – just schedule it. In doing so, it will become just as important as all of the other tasks and to-do lists that you have to do for work, your family, and other obligation. Do something for you.
Currently, I’m reading a book by Jon Gordon called The Energy Bus. Mr. Gordon has a way of crafting his words to provide easy to understand information that is applicable to everyday living. One of my favorite quotes thus far is as follows:
“Everything is energy. It is found in our thoughts, the words we say, the music we listen to, and the people who we surround ourselves with.”
Find the positive energy in all that you do. Today. Tomorrow. Next week. The next month. It’s what I’ll be doing, so that I can start back writing in 2015 ready to provide insight and share thoughts for another year. Stay strong, remain smart, and be positive!
I’ll be the first to wish all of you a great holiday season. Celebrate life, give thanks, and share in time with family and friends. Looking forward to returning to weekly posts on Sunday, January 4, 2015! Until then, I’ll be re-posting older posts as mindful reminders of all that we are called to do.