What are your goals in life? How long will they last? Can they disappear? Can they be lost?
One of my professors was teaching about decision making and what he said stuck with me. “Is the action you are taking something you would want or at least be ok with being headline news?” Wow!! I am not sure that I would want some of my actions put on the front page.
I have also realized that this does not just apply to action, but inaction too. If would I want to world told what I did not do? What might the headlines say. Haley Failed to Help Another In Need. Haley Too Preoccupied to Be Greatful. These may not be “earth shattering”, but they are not wonderful either.
I think everyone seeks validation and notice from others. We want people to see what we are and think we are something wonderful, talented, beautiful, smart… So many things. But what if we focused more on character. To be worth knowing, not well known. Sealing each day to set goals and live a life worthy of the headlines.
As I was walking along the street earlier, I noticed a group business men and women with their Starbucks coffee. Normally I would not think twice about this, but the weather here is hot and muggy. The humidity makes the heat oppressive. The thought went through my head…why hot coffee on a day like today? I mean I understand coffee, but why not iced? Then realized habit… every morning they stop for their coffee and probably order the same thing, so this morning was no different.
I started to ponder habits. What we do everyday, things we might not even realize. I set my alarm clock 15 minutes early, so that I can push the snooze, I brush my teeth just so and recently I have added running to my morning ritual.
What we do on a normal basis will change our life for good or bad. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” It is from our thoughts and actions that we create who we are.
In everything we do, we should consider if we want to continue in that direction. If we were to do this everyday for the rest of our life, would that be good and right. Philippians 4:8 tells us “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” The Apostle Paul knew that our thoughts shape our lives and thus we needed to contemplate what was praiseworthy.
We need to be aware of our thoughts and actions as we live a life of habits.