The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Monday, September 10, 2012

A Win Win Losing Proposition

“Any moment is a great moment.”  (old New York Yankee slogan)

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33

Vie:  “compete eagerly with someone in order to do or achieve something”  New Oxford American Dictionary

The dreaded bottleneck.  You know, when two or three lanes of a highway constrict to one or two.  There always seems to be a race to get to the front.  Well, I found myself in a bottleneck situation on my way home one night, right beside me was a car going for the same lane as me.  I had a choice to make, either step on the gas or tap the brake.  One of us was going to end up in front of the other, there were no two ways about it.  As I took a second to contemplate, I decided to let the other motorist take the lead.  A little ways down the road I began to think about what the real consequences of my actions were.  Sure, I know either way what I did was in no way consequential.  But I want to use the example, because, I think there are so many ways driving in traffic relates to all aspects of life.  The dynamics of driving encompass teamwork, individualism, personal capabilities, selfish and selflessness, destinations, origins, planning, risk, and the list could continue.  And even though we have defined lanes, rules, and officers to enforce them, unfortunately, like in all of life, competition too many times becomes a factor.  And since I am very, very far from perfect, I have to admit competition was definitely a factor in my decision making process.   In some ways my male brain was deciding whether to win or lose, if I chose to pass I might get the satisfaction of winning a “race,” and of course the opposite is true if I slowed down.  But there are so many ways to win while “losing.”  In my case, it felt good to help somebody out, that was a win for me, it also may have helped that other driver get home a little quicker, that was a win for them.  It of course helped me save a little gas, that was another win for me, and by avoiding a competition when none was required, it didn’t add any stress to the situation, and in our fast paced world, you know that was a win for both of us.  As the old Yankee slogan goes, “any moment is a great moment,” and in any moment we can be winners, but that doesn’t mean every moment has to be a contest.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming for?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thank you so much for reading, it means the world to me.

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