Monday, November 16, 2009

You Don't Need A Title To Make A Difference

I am sitting on my couch watching the Oprah/Sarah Pallin interview. No, I don't watch Oprah often and actually missed the 4 o clock showing, so am watching the later version. But I really liked Sarah's comment to Oprah when she was asked if she planned to run for President in 2012. She said,"I have learned you don't need a title to make a difference" What a great come back. That is so true. We can make a difference every day. I remember having a really bad day during my ER rotation when I was in school. I had taken a break and was talking to my friend who was in New Orleans doing his rotations. I will never forget what he said that day, "You can't change everyone, but you can effect every person." I really try to live by that, especially at work. Some day's are better than other's. We can all make a difference and an impact on other's lives and usually do in either a good or bad way. Hopefully always good.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

When will you ever have more time than you do right now?

This is a great one, "When will you have more time than you do right now?" I always thought that when I graduated from grad school that I would have so much time on my hands, yea right. I think that life just got busier with different things, like work, callings, gym time, me time...but actually, when I look back ten years from now, I believe I will say I had so much more time ten years ago. Today is a great example. I worked the 7-5 shift. Usually I go the gym after this shift, but after working out too hard the past two days, I decided to give myself a day to rest my muscles. So tonight I have nothing planned, well actually some ladies in my ward are doing a cooking night, but because of the rain, wind, and chill in the air, I decided that I just wanted to go home. It doesn't happen too often that I actually have a few unplanned hours just to myself. I am sure you are saying what do you mean, you are single and have plenty of time for yourself, but actually the past few weeks every waking minute I was doing things for other people. A few weeks ago the quote of the day from President Hinckley's book said, "Time is really all we have. And every individual has an equal portion of it. The trick is to get more out of what is available to us." I have been thinking about this often, especially when I hear people say they are just to busy for this or for that. We all have the same amount of time, it just depends on how we use that time. We can never get time wasted back, so use it wisely. So tonight maybe I will start a new book or watch the CMA's or finish the blanket I have been meaning to finish for my friends baby, because ten years from now I hope that I have a different kind of busy, with less time for myself.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

My grandma Betty sent me a book soon after I moved to Charlotte called, Ever Wonder ask questions and live into the answer. In the book she enclosed a letter which reads, "I enclose a book for you. I purchased one for myself and then decided that I would have enjoyed having a copy when I was young. I am writing my thoughts on each page as I think about what the printed sentance means to me. I would have liked to read each page at 20 something, 40 something, 60 something, and have written at each re-reading what the phrase meant to me at each age. If you just read through it once-and do not write your responses-it seems to me it brings insights and new thoughts with each page."
This book sits on my bookshelf staring at me each time I sit down at my computer and so I have decided to take the questions and answer them from time to time on my blog. So the first question say's, "When was the last time you did something for the first time? It was actually a few weeks ago. You see, 14 months ago Grandma Betty asked me what my goal was for the next few months. My answer was get a passport and start the cycleing class at the gym. Well, I actually just started the Cycleing class and absolutely love it. Yes, my hind end is a little sore, but is actually getting use to the seat. I have never really been a biker, because my short little legs never quite reach the pedals; for reals. In fact the first class the teacher commented that the bike seat only went so low. And actually this is the first time that I have answered questions from this book, which she actually sent to me on 10/7/2005. So tell me, when was the last time you did something for the first time?