We like to put a lot of worth into things that are worthless. The outcome of that is a little remorse, two servings of “I’m not so sure,” and a generous dash of guilt. A recipe that even the world’s worst chef can perfect. I myself, although not the world’s worst chef, have perfected this recipe.
I usually head the charge of overindulging on things that only hold a superficial value. Hint of Lime Tostitos are a good example, but so are things like investing in poor friendships.
We do what we do, usually to cover something up, to fill a gap, to tie the loose ends, to brush it off – I’ll buy your next bag of Valiant if you can out-cliche me – to, in essence, avoid what we are supposed to be doing.
I’m not here to get too theological or philosophical about the exact way in which you should address problems and live your life. Nor am I luring you in just to clothesline you with some know-it-all self righteous sales pitch. My goal is to motivate you to think. Maybe not even change, but just think.
What have you been complacent with lately? What conversations have you been avoiding? Where has your time been allocated? What other rhetorical question could I ask that might make this more relevant to you?
Many times acknowledging an issue and acting on it, leaves us in a better place than accepting the problem and avoiding it does. It could be replenishing your coffee supplies – wink-wink, nudge-nudge – or it could be something in your life that is a little bit more meaningful. No matter what it is, take it on with intention and courage.
Acting upon a problem doesn’t necessarily fix everything. It doesn’t mean today or the next may be marginally better than before. But substituting complacency with action, has a way of rippling into change and progress.
There is a quote by C.S. Lewis that reads, “there are far better things ahead than any we may leave behind.” Take that with you this week as you enter into conversations, your workplace, your family time, and your friendships. Be better than the past, productive with the present, and hopeful for the future. And through it all, remember to #DrinkValiant.
I ventured off on a drive to visit my girlfriend in San Luis Obispo for a few days, and that inevitably meant I had to spend a good portion of my drive on Highway 5. For any California resident, to put it politely, you know that is a less than glamorous experience.
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