Asking Why

Joshua Blankenship on Why:

You are limited. Time. Skill. Attention. Momentum. Money. All limited. But within your limits, you can choose to move forward with intention and vision.

Alternately, you can choose to waste your already limited life and work. That’s the thing about stewardship—the principle is relevant at every stage, every limit. It’s entirely in your hands how you steward the resources entrusted to you, whether they be limited or abundant.

Ask why. Always. Or wake up ten years from now when it’s too late to answer.

Ouch. More and more this blog is not how I think I want to spend my time.

One thing. Right now.

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

I have an issue with wanting to do so many things that I never get anything done. I can’t do everything at once, but I can do a couple of things well. I can finish one or two projects and then move on to other projects and ideas.

One step at a time and it will all get done. No more paralysis by over analysis. Pace myself for better work. Take the time to do it right.

Whatever the project is, whatever seems too big and too difficult, whatever dreaming about the glorious finish and then thinking it can’t be done—just do one thing right now.

One thing. Right now.

Chewing the Cud

Patrick Rhone on the fire hydrant of info:

The thing is, that we are bombarded by so much new information that we simply “swallow” it and move on. Perhaps we think about it in the moment and think we have absorbed something of value. But, like a ruminant beast, such processing can not have the same deep nutritional value as ruminating on those same things. In other words, learning something, letting it settle in, then spending further time processing it again at a much deeper level.

So, instead of exposing yourself to the constant stream of new information and knowledge this age affords us, consider spending some time “chewing the cud” of knowledge you already have. Spend some time ruminating on it — breaking it down — and by doing so make it more digestible and, therefore, nutritional

I’m entirely terrible at this and I need to get better.


Press Pause

I need to take a moment and smell the flowers, but who has time for that? I’d like to try and take 30 minutes of my day for reflection. How can I do that? I’ve never meditated, but I hear good things. Can I ever truly “clear my mind?”

I like the quiet, but can I truly appreciate it?

Can I press pause on my life for just a few minutes every day to take in all the good. Remember to be thankful of what I have and where I’ve been.

I don’t want to be miserable… always chasing things that I can never have.

Just press pause. Think. Be in the moment. Let the world spin around you for just a short while. Take the time. Make the time.

Breathe. Pause. Reflect. Be at rest. Be at peace. Just be.

Close your eyes and see.


There are many steps a person goes through in their life. Milestones that mark a life moving forward. Most of them involve hitting a certain age or hitting height requirements at amusement parks. Sometimes a milestone is when you road your bicycle across town for the first time or drove your car more than just to school and back.

Of course, there are big moments that are shared among peers. Graduation is probably the first one that comes to mind.

Just a week or so ago, my daughter graduated high school. In many ways, it was her night. Her night to smile from ear to ear. Her night to pass through the doors into adulthood. However, it was tough to not think about myself and this time in my life when I was 18 and preparing for college.

It was a big deal to step out from my parents and learn to do things on my own. Guess what? I made mistakes. I tried new things, but I learned and I grew as an individual. While my daughter isn’t moving two hours away in the Fall, she is learning to do new things on her own like getting her first “grown-up” bank account. She had no idea how to do any of that.

Just a few days ago she started a “real” job. She’s learning how to deal with new people and how she works out is a reflection of myself and my girlfriend (because they work in the same building). It’s pressure, but a kind of “safe” pressure. A place to take seriously, but also a place where she can make a mistake and it won’t be devastating.

She’s getting hit with a lot of milestones, but she’s doing her best and taking one step at a time.