YourMondayMotivator – Have you got a maintenance program?

Like a lot of New Zealanders I am writing this from a beach. In fact I am sitting in exactly the same place as I was at this time last year.

I noticed the holiday hasn’t really started for some because there is still maintenance left to do on things that haven’t been used for a year.

Maintenance is those little jobs that keep things in tip-top shape and able to be used at short notice. Lack of maintenance in cars, boats, jet-ski’s etc can end up costing you a lot of money when something major goes wrong. Doing those little jobs keeps the rust and corrosion at bay.
Seeing this I wondered if we do enough maintenance on ourselves.

John F. Kennedy said, “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”

The time to fix things up isn’t the time you need to use them it’s in the down time. This holiday have a think about what maintenance you need to do to be ready to go at any time. It might be 20 press-ups a day, or a 30 minute walk, whatever you think is the minimum, then start doing it. Don’t get carried away. Just do the minimum maintenance you need to do and you will be able to keep it up.

Have a great holiday.

Today’s minimotivator #241-2009

Ellen Goodman said, “We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.”

Merry Christmas and here’s to your potential.

THE DOGMA IN THE MANGER

Check out this articlie I read at hamburgeruniverse.com

Religion fascinates me and Miceal Ledwith is someone who studies religion and goes back further than most. This makes for very interesting reading.

I am not a big church goer or very religious however this quote from Jesus from the Gospel of Thomas is great. Especially the last sentence. Read it twice and have a great Christmas.

Jesus said, “If your leaders say to you, ‘Look, the (Father’s) kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the (Father’s) kingdom is within you and it is outside you.

Today’s minimotivator #240-2009

George Bernard Shaw said, “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

The holidays are a great time to relax and exchange ideas. Just think how many you will by the end of the break if you chat to one or two people each day.

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Today’s minimotivator #239-2009

Charles Dickens said this about Christmas, “I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”

That sums it up nicely.

Today’s minimotivator #238-2009

Jane Haddam said, “In my day, we didn’t have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned.”

Self-esteem is a term that hinders because of it’s lack of a concrete concept to build on – respect. It’s a bit loose.

Work hard and your self-respect will grow. Respect others and your self-respect will grow. Respect is a powerful word and in turn will help you become powerful.

YourMondayMotivator – Why you should ask for feedback

Last weeks MondayMotivator got a huge response. I received hundreds of emails ranging from “Keep it up” to the time I send it out to Facebook and more.

If you are one of the people who emailed me, thank you. I will be replying to you as soon as I can.

The experience taught me these things and more:

– I should have asked for feedback ages ago
– I should ask more often
– People have ownership of the MondayMotivator
– Others have a completely different view of the MondayMotivator
– People actually read it and not just skim it
– I make a difference to at least one persons day a week.

The last one is why I write the MondayMotivator now. If I can make a small difference to someones day and put a smile on their face – COOL!

How does this all relate to you. Think about how often to ask for feedback …. Like me probably not often. We’re busy and it’s a bit scarey. Ask someone for feedback today. Not criticism, although you might get that, feedback. Keep an open mind and see what happens.

Have a great Christmas!

Enjoy the ride. There is no return ticket – More awesome George Carlin.

Enjoy the ride. There is no return ticket

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George Carlin on aging!
(Absolutely Brilliant)

George Carlin’s Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

‘How old are you?’ I’m four and a half!’ You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key.

You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m gonna be 16!’ You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life ! You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony.YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now, you’re Just a sour-dumpling.. What’s wrong? What’s changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone…

But! wait!! ! You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30,  PUSH 40, REACH 50 and make it to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into ! your 80’s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn’t end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; ‘I Was JUST  92.’

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. ‘I’m 100 and a half!’
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

HOW TO STAY YOUNG
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3.Keep learning. ! Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever, even ham radio. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s  family name is  Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6… The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips.. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.


AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away
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And if you don’t send this to at least 8 people – who cares?But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!

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Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘..holy sh*t ….what a ride!’