Take a Day Off

May 27, 2013 by

Today is memorial day and I hope you have the day off.  I have just finished a 2 month remodel on our rental house.  I love remodeling.  I love fixing and building, but 2 months of nights and weekends has taken its toll and I am ready for a day off.

So I am taking a well deserved day off.

I am going to relax.  I am going to do fun projects around the house.  I am going to tend to the garden.  I am going to take a day off of the things that I call work and I recommend you do the same as well.

If you live in the US, then you live in the only developed country on earth without a mandated vacation policy.  We have a strange work ethic here, and I admit that I subscribe to it.  I often work way too long and hard to the determent of health or quality time with my family.  This is something I’m trying to keep and eye on and curb to the betterment of my physical and mental well being as well as those around me.

I actually got to spend a weekend with my wife this past weekend and it was wonderful.

So on this Memorial day, I hope you take the opportunity to not only remember those who have served for our country, but use this day off to actually take a day off from the things that you call work.  Put the phone down.  Stop checking email.  Relax and spend some time with those you love to spend time with.  Do the fun things you’ve been wanting to do.

Your Truly Simple Action is to enjoy a day off.

And for those interested in how the remodel came out, here is a before and after of the kitchen.

Before…

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 and after…

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Ben…

Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s:

 
 

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Perspective

May 21, 2013 by

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This picture was taken in the recent aftermath of the tornado in Oklahoma.

Pause and think those words for a minute.

I live out in earthquake country so we don’t get the tornadoes, but no matter where you live or whatever natural disaster might affect your area, you could lose it all at any time.   Or you could gain the perspective to understand what is truly important in your life.

The things in your life are just things.  They will come, they will go, and rarely will any of them matter at all.

This week’s TSA is to focus your perspective on what is truly important in your life.  When you find out who they are, give them a hug.

Ben…

Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s:

 
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Should = Do It

May 14, 2013 by

I don’t know if you have an inner monologue like I do, but I am constantly talking to myself.  I am always processing the world around me and talk to myself while I do it.  I make jokes, lists of things to do, mental notes about what I see and experience.  One thing I’ve been trying to do more, is listen to that inner monologue.

Specifically I try to listen when I say the word should.  I say should a lot.

I should do this, or do that.  I should go here, or go there.  I should help that person.  I should, I should, I should.  I say it a lot, but don’t always do what it is that I said I should do.

So recently I’ve set a trigger for myself for when I catch myself saying should, I pause and do that thing that that I just said I should do.  A lot of the time its a spur of the moment type of though that requires immediate action.

“I should stop and help that person broken down the side of the road”

“I should fix that squeaking thing that’s driving me nuts”

“I should stop at the store on the way home to make dinner”

“I should go running”

I used to let all these should’s come in and pass through my head leaving a long “someday” to do list of things I should do, or worse a long list of things I should have done.

Now with that trigger set, I find myself turning around a lot more and going back to do those things.  If I hear should, I turn that into a must and do it right then if the should calls for it.

Do you find yourself saying “I should…” a lot?  Do you find yourself regretting not doing those things?

Your Truly Simple Action this week is to listen to yourself.  See if you find yourself saying should and start to listen and recognize the pattern.  Then start pausing when you hear yourself saying it and taking immediate action on that should.

Ben…

Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s:

 
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This is Water

May 9, 2013 by

This is just simply awesome.  Enjoy

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If you can’t get out of it, get into it

May 7, 2013 by

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I am not going through hell right now, but I am nearing the finishing of a huge project that I am eager and ready to be finished.  I’ve been working on a major remodel of our rental house for the past 2 months on nights and weekends and I am ready for it to be done.

I love the work of remodeling and fixing, but its taking all my time away from my family and friends and other things I’d like to be doing so I am ready for it to be done, but its not done yet.  I can see the finish line.  Its almost there.  Just a little bit more, but I am tired.  Tired of running to Home Depot several times a day.  Tired of being away both day and night.  I am just ready for it to be done.  So what do you do when you are in a a situation that you can’t get out of?  You get into it.

Dive in head first.  Get behind the project and make it move forward.  Every day, just a little further until its done.  I am near the finish line and I will finish strong.

I am almost there.  I will keep going and finish strong.

Your Truly Simple Action this week is to finish strong on that project that you are stuck in that you may not want to be in anymore.  Finish it.  Get it done so you can stand back and look at the great work you’ve done.  Get it finished so you can move on to all those new things you want to start.

Ben…

Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s:

 
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