How Quickly the Time Has Flown

Time Flys

I am feeling the pressure of not having enough time to do everything that I want to do or everything that is important to me.

It is this anxious state of mind that keeps me from concentrating on whatever I am doing. There is always something more important than what I am doing right now. I find myself sitting in on a conference call, answering emails, and trying to have a conversation with the person sitting at my desk. So, rather than full engaging in the conference call and being a “participant,” I become a ‘bystander.” Even when I am reading a book or watching a movie, my mind does not shut off.

It comes from being an overachiever. In an effort to be successful, I fill my calendar with meetings and spend the whole day perusing my tasks list. I am constantly doing whatever it takes to get me where I think I need to go.

We are meant to enjoy our life and use it in a meaningful way. A meaningful life is not determined by the speed with which we live or the number of accomplishments that we have. If we are always going at top speed trying to get what we want, we will always be exhausted. We will never find what we are really looking for, which is our own contentment.

Mastering our life comes from the ability to be content with life as it unfolds. The first step is recognizing that we can be happy and at peace. Wanting to be anywhere but where we are or doing anything but what we are doing, are unnecessary moves that throw us off-balance. We can develop patience. We can slow down.

I want to slow down. I want to live each moment as if it were my last.

10 Books That Have Never Left You Challenge

There is a challenge going around pile of bookscyberspace that is about making a list of 10 books that have stayed with you in some way after you have read them.

This was a tough challenge because there have been so many books that have stayed with me that it was hard to pick just 10. 

But I did it. I wanted to make it a little more fun so I added a note on why these books made my list. Here they are…

 

1. The Hidden Staircase: Nancy Drew Mystery by Carolyn Keene (This was my first mystery book. I was hooked.)

2. Murder on the Orient Express by Dame Agatha Christie (She was my mom’s favorite author and my first adult mystery book. How can you not love her books?)

3. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King (Scared the #### out of me. Need I say more.)

4. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks (My first foray into fantasy and Terry Brooks was a perfect choice. I’ve been a fan ever since.)

5. Isaac Asimov: The Complete Stories by Isaac Asimov (The father of science fiction. His stories help me find the geek inside me.)

6. Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters by Phillip C. McGraw (I read this book when I was going through some tough times and I still remember the lists of 10.)

7. The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron (After reading Julia’s book, I finally started calling myself a writer.)

8. Can We Talk to God by  Ernest Holmes (This book took me to new spiritual heights. Dr. Holmes words bounded off the page and lodge themselves into my soul.)

9. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler (I learned how to stand up for myself using these tools.)

10. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (I love stories of England and I love the characters that Elizabeth creates. I was sad when the story ended.)

 

5 Seconds of Summer Plays Pranks

This is great!5 seconds of summer video

Watch as the band “5 Seconds of Summer” Prank
Unsuspecting Customers at Target

The band revealed that it was part of a promotional prank. They dressed up as Target employees at an undisclosed location and tried selling their new album to people who had no idea who they were! The Australian band’s self-titled debut album…

Read more at  Oh No They Didn’t

APE: Author Publisher Entrepreneur Book Review

Title: APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur apesm
Author: Guy Kawasaki, Shawn Welch,
Genre: Authors and publishers
Release Date: 1/1/2013
Pages: 365

Book Summary
APE’s thesis is powerful yet simple: filling the roles of Author, Publisher and Entrepreneur yields results that rival traditional publishing.

My Thoughts
This is a great tool for authors who want to self-publish. I will read it again and again.