Words of Wisdom

A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own. --Latin Proverb

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Day One : My New Life

Greetings all,
After my blog post last night I had a pretty lengthy conversation with a great friend of mine, and it definitely got me thinking.  In response to all of my questions from last night, I'm looking at it all the wrong way.  I need to start smaller, I need to start from the beginning. I need to start with me.

Impacting the world positively starts with impacting others.  How can I impact others positively, if I myself, am not positive?  Helping myself first is really the only way I'll ever get a chance to help others.  What better time to start than now?

So this morning, I got up, showered, hit the road, played my music a little louder, I sang when I knew the words, I sang when I didn't know the words, who cares who was watching as I hit EVERY stop light on the way to work?  Maybe they laughed, maybe they smiled, maybe they will giggle to themselves next time they hear that song playing on the radio... who knows.  All I know is that it felt good.

Today at work, I said "Good morning" to everyone I passed.  I smiled more.  I made more conversation than I generally do.  I worked a little faster, and I got a lot more done.  When I left work, I went and signed up at the gym.  Why not get into shape and participate in all the marathons and things that I always see in the name of a good cause?  So, my current personal goal, make time to consistantly go to the gym and by the end of the year, I want to have participated in a minimum of FIVE events...

Do you think I can do it?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think so. More importantly, do YOU believe you can and will make a commitment like this to yourself? They do not have to be big steps to make a difference. The smallest of steps can make a very long journey. Good luck to you!

Matt Tipple said...

Thanks for the response. I honestly believe that I can. I've fallen through on this commitment before, but I think I'll have a better shot now that I'm looking at it differently. It's no longer just about me.