I hope you get a chance to read Bill Lewis’s recent blog, Are You Feeding Your Elephant? , and watch the short video. What an amazing time of fun and celebration. Just the thought of taking our buddies for a weekend to play and enjoy life is so exciting for Mary and I. We build the LIFE business for these times.
Now I know that there may be one or two people out there that look at the adventure of driving cars and may say, “What a waste of time”. But I would plead with you to continue reading. Maybe no one else has ever felt like — It must be nice, or They are just showing me what they have and what I don’t have, or I’m not part of that group, or My situation will never allow me to have that. Well I appreciate your sentiment because I have been there. I want to give you a glimpse into what I have found.
A couple of years back, I heard a speaker say that she worked under the principle of — Have fun, Make money, and Make a Difference. At least that is what she attempted to say. The young lady misspoke and said, “Make funny..” She quickly made the correction and moved on, but I am not so sure it was a slip of the tongue. How many have heard that, “Life is fun”? Some may say “Well, it ain’t fun, for sure!” But what if we could make the decision to Make funny — make our life fun. Not pursue fun for fun sake, but find the humor in things without losing its importance. Orrin Woodward– recipient of the 2011 IAB Top Leader Award, exemplifies this attitude. I picked him up at the airport a couple of days ago and he had a swagger about him that reminded me of a quote by President Andrew Jackson, “I was made for the Storm, the calm does not suit me”. Not the steely-eyed conviction that grows with conflict like a General Patton, Maximus, or King Leonidas, which Orrin can produce if needed. But the attitude that whatever is going on, God planned it for good, so I am going to smile and enjoy the growth. We can learn volumes from this. What a pleasure to be around people like this. They don’t make light of the situation, but bring light into the situation.
What if we could take our moments and feed our elephant with fun? What could change in our day if we didn’t take ourselves so seriously? What if we woke up tomorrow and said that we were going to go out today and make someone smile? What if in that process, you could discover their dreams and give them a picture of it? Paying off a debt? Traveling to a warm island? Driving that specific car? Helping a loved one? Spending time with a loved one? Writing a check to a certain charity?
I highly recommend listening to LLR 473 “Sprezzatura” by Chris Brady. He illustrates this point so well. Take time to enjoy and make fun part of your life.
God bless, Aron
Steel the mind and Tender the heart.