I really haven’t done much fun reading for a long time. My grandma stopped by our house on Sunday, and brought along her new Kindle. This got me in the mood to pull mine out and try reading something. The last book I had been reading was 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. There were two habits I read about today, being proactive and working toward an end goal. If you aren’t familiar with the book, each chapter covers a particular habit.
The chapter on being proactive was mostly concerned about attitude. Many people attribute their current situation in life to outside forces and live at the whim of their emotions. Stephen argues that we have more control over where we are in life then we realize. If we take a step back and analyze our position we will likely find that we can take actions to change where we are. Also he cited and example of some businessmen who, after being depressed by where their business was and where it was headed, were very encouraged by the actions they could take to improve things. Keep in mind that making plans, but taking no action has about the same value as not making any plans.
I didn’t follow the chapter on working toward an end goal as closely, but the general principle was that we should plan out what we are going to do, based on the end result of what we want. With many things in life we will let them go how they please, without setting any end goals. Stephen says that we should approach situations with goals of how the results should look, rather then just doing things with no end goal in mind.
Till next time-
Today I’m going to try something different. I’m going to describe what I see, as I’m sitting here.
I’m sitting on a metal chair, looking at a hilly Iowa country side in the distance. It’s late fall so there is a lot of brown, some oranges, and a good bit of green yet. When I look out toward the horizon I still see the fog from this morning, refusing to leave. The grey sky casts a grim mood over the view. As I look closer to me, I see brown apartments. A variety of cars are parked in front of the apartments. Roving yet closer with my eyes, I see the main parking lot for the building I’m in. It’s population of cars has been dwindling through out the day and the lot is now at about a quarter of its capacity. Between the parking lot and me is a common area, surrounded by tall grasses, paved with rock, divided by sidewalks, and dotted with abstract art and shrubs. I see all this through rain speckled windows which are divided by metal supports.
Till Next Time-
When this site was launched a year or more ago, I was planning to pursue freelance web development for my career. One year later, my life has taken an unexpected turn. I’ve been blessed with a job at local IT company, and am taking classes at Kirkwood community college for a degree in LAN management.
Since I found some down time to readdress this site, I’ve changed the theme, name, tagline, and am adding a new post. Currently, my plan is for this blog/site to be a creative outlet for projects and thoughts. I hope you enjoy my ramblings, thoughts, and what ever else I write or post.