Monday Morning Coffee Aug 31st, 2009

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take . . .
but by the moments that take our breath away." ~ Unattributed


You've heard that it's good to "take time to smell the roses." You may have also read how Steven Covey encourages you in "Seven Habits" to take time to "sharpen the saw." You no doubt have also experienced the frustration of trying to find even a spare moment for yourself.

Why do so many sources advise taking time off for yourself for thoughtful introspection? Don't they know it's impossible in today's fast-paced world of money, soccer games, career challenges, family responsibilities, church & school activities, and so much more?

In fact, our society is totally preoccupied with all of the above. For those living in a big city, or even the suburbs, the pressure is even greater. Those who live in the country at least enjoy a little peace and serenity at the end of the day.

How did this happen? It's simple - or at least it was in the 1950's. Back then there were two kinds of soap - Lifebouy and Ivory. There were four automakers - GM, Ford, Chrysler, and American Motors. There were no computers or Internet, and long-distance was used only to inform relatives of illness or death. A schoolteacher's most serious behavior challenge was passing notes in class. Families watched "I Love Lucy!" together. There was no MTV.

Today the choices that face us each day are awesome. Which of many Internet providers or long-distance services should you use? Which cell phone or notebook computer should you have? Where will you find the money for the special dress, chauffeur, and professional photograph required for your daughter's fifth-grade "Prom"?

The world is spinning so fast, and isn't likely to slow down soon. As usual, relief must come from within. While you can't change the world's pace, you are free to change and simplify your own life. Simplify, simplify, simplify. Most importantly, take time to create those special moments that "take your breath away."


#1 By Aurora Ruiz at 9/9/2016 11:19 PM

Good afternoon Mr. Blake,

I wish you had a very nice weekend and an even nicer long weekend coming up.

I just wanted to thank you for such wonderful 'Monday Morning Coffee" that you send. I read all of them and they are so inspirational (very helpful many times) - I look forward to them every week.

Best regards,

#2 By Buddy at 9/9/2016 11:19 PM

Hey Aurora... thanks for the kind words and I'm glad you enjoy the Monday Morning Coffee's... I trust you and your family will have a great Fall and Holiday Season!

#3 By Ingrid Taylor at 9/9/2016 11:19 PM

Good Morning Buddy,

I am not sure if you will recall who I am, however, we met both you and your family, at the Shapioro's daughters birthday party at Kure Beach park just a few months ago. We also happen to live across the street from them. I have been recieving your Monday Morning news for years (or at least it seems), not knowing how long it has been around, or even how I came to know of it.To be honest with you, I haven't read them faithfully, in fact, due to being "so busy", many times I would just delete them along with the majority of emails that are not actually personal.

But today was different. Knowing that I have no time to spare, as I was selecting the items to delete in bulk, I paused when I arrived to your mail, and pondered should I or shouldn't I, I know I dont have the time... and I was drawn to continue through.... your site. Feeling a bit overwhelmed today with new, exciting personal happenings, nervousness, hesitation (from the new job that I have taken) ... A dream job, my dream job now, today,.. is a big day. After three months of training, I have been released and am able to proceed Solo in my position, mind you I have not worked in the Coorporate World for 7 years while growing our family. But I was drawn to read on and amazingly, it did not consume any time that I had. In fact, it gave me time to reflect, time to breathe, and a sense of relaxation, and confidence to say "I can do this." Thank you so very much for the words of wisdom in your Monday Morning Coffee. It gave me a sense of relaxation on this excitingly stressful day. Many thanks, as I now know that my time will be more productive today because of Monday Morning Coffee.

ps - by the way I have never written a comment on a site before, an opinion, or otherwise. Today, I had to, it was that empowering. Scott, when you read this, stop laughing!

.... by the way, can you tell my new career is in sales? :-) lol

#4 By Buddy at 9/9/2016 11:19 PM

Hey Ingrid,

Thanks you so much for the fantastic comments. I am so happy for you!!! it's an incredible feeling to be able to work everyday doing something you are passionate about, and it sounds like you are just that so far. I wish you much success in your new career... and your family a wonderful Fall and Holiday season!

Thanks Again for the feedback!

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