No Experience Wasted

Well, my friends, I hope you’re enjoying a beautiful Tuesday. I’m about to head into Gallbladder surgery shortly.

I’ve been thinking about this quote this morning by the sculptor Rodin in preparation.

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.

Every moment of our lives is an adventure. Some days things fly along and some days are rife with changes and challenges.

Yet, if you take a step back and see it all as an experience with something to teach this current you and the broader you beyond, then it all becomes a useful classroom.

Off for my day at class. See you on the other side.


Challenge and Opportunity Affirmations

Like heads and tails, challenge and opportunity are two sides of the same coin. One easily becomes the other depending on the mindset of the observer and participant.

Whichever mindset you’re in on a particular day and whether you’re calling the day’s events challenges or opportunities, you can make progress by knowing the strength within you to advance.

Here are eight affirmations to help you along that continuum.

1. The challenges I face right now are the challenges I came here to face.

2. I face my challenges with courage and confidence.

3. I am strong and resilient in the face of my challenges.

4. My challenges are opportunities in disguise.

5. The opportunities I have right now are the opportunities I came here to seize.

6. I seize my opportunities with determination and urgency.

7. I make the most my opportunities.

8. My opportunities are the doorway to my next best self.

Have a fantastic afternoon. Refuse to let anyone step on your dreams.


Difficult Day

Let’s get real. Do you ever have difficult days? I may be “The Affirmation Guy,” but I sure do. I’m not full of sunshine 24/7, as my wife can attest. I have things that don’t go as I planned. I say things and think things that aren’t productive. I struggle with the hard work and setbacks that happen when we chase our dreams. I just refuse to let the negativity win.

I’m blessed and cursed with Addison’s Disease, sporadic psoriasis, and a few after-effects from Lyme’s Disease and Anaplasmosis. There are days where it feels like they’re tag-teaming me with no legal man in the proverbial ring. They sap me of my energy and hammer with me with pain that seems to come from every joint in my body.

When I was 25 the Addison’s nearly, and probably should have killed me. I mean I was literally laying in what might have been my deathbed. The physician said he’d. Ever seen anyone with electrolytes as low as mine who was still alive.

The past 24 hours have been one of those days, as we celebrated our grandson’s first birthday back in Kansas and are traveling back to Boston tonight. The pain, fatigue, and discomfort came for a visit.

I’m not telling you this to elicit sympathy. I’m telling you this encourage you not to give up. We all have challenges. Yours may be greater or less than mine, but we all have things that can hold us back if we allow it.

I’m proud of the what I’ve been able accomplish in life despite these challenges. Some days I lose to the discomfort and fatigue. Most days I fight through. I keep on keeping on. I refuse to give in. I choose to make my dent.

Whatever you’re dealing with, know this. You can and you are making your dent. That’s what you’re here to do. The clouds that come with that are not there to block the sunshine. They’re there to help you appreciate it more.

Be well and let’s make Monday an amazing day!