Wheels Off … Living More Fully

November 30, 2009

If you’ve been following my blog long you know I forward some great thoughts from my good friend Dwight Edwards. This one really hit home with me!

LIVING MORE FULLY

“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.”  Grandma Moses

by Dwight Edwards

She was born on Sept. 7, 1860. 101 years later, on Dec. 13, 1961 she passed.  Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as “Grandma Moses”, was one of the truly unique individuals of American history.

She took up painting in her 70’s and produced over 3600 paintings in three decades.  One of her pictures still hangs in the White House and recently another one of her works was sold for 1.2 million dollars.  The name of the character “Granny Moses”  in the T.V.  show “Beverly Hillbillies” was given in homage of her.

At 95 she passed on some of her thoughts about modern life:

“Now that I am ninety-five years old, looking back over the years, I have seen many changes taking place, so many inventions have been made.

Things now go faster.  In olden times things were not so rushed.  I think people were more content, more satisfied with life than they are today.

You don’t hear nearly as much laughter and shouting as you did in my day, and what was fun for us wouldn’t be fun now…. In this age I don’t think people are as happy, they are worried.  They’re too anxious to get ahead of their neighbors, they are striving and striving to get something better.

I do think in a way that they have too much now.  We did with much less.”

“I don’t think people are as happy, they are worried.” A great reminder from Grandma Moses.

Maybe in the rush to get ahead and accumulate more, we’ve left behind something far greater – life.  Or at least life as it was meant to be lived; with shouting and laughter and satisfying relationships and contentment with what little we have.

No doubt we would worry less if we truly lived more.  Not that it’s easy.  But Grandma would argue from her grave that it is possible.

Flashpoint: Living fully is the best pathway to worrying less.

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Wheels Off: The Pursuit of Excellence

October 10, 2009

The Pursuit of Excellence by my friend Dwight Edwards is right on.  I think it really relates to social media today. While having a Facebook page is good, it is no where near where you could be!                                                        

“Good enough is not good enough if it can be better. And better is not good enough if it can be best.”  Ozzie Smith

 Excellence.  It comes from a Latin word which means “to rise or tower out from”.  Simply put, it is to go noticeably beyond the accepted norm.

  • It is one thing to work.  It is a very different thing to be sweat soaked and bone weary from the day’s labor.
  • It is one thing to exercise.  It is a very different thing to be gasping for air with one’s leg muscles burning from all out exertion.
  • It is one thing to study.  It is a very different thing to be eye wearied and mentally exhausted from reading, memorizing and working problems.  On and on it goes.

Simply because some effort is expended does not guarantee that enough effort has been spent to truly qualify for the term “excellent”.  Working hard enough to get by, working hard enough to get ahead, and working hard enough to mightily exploit one’s full potential are all dramatically different things. 

When Ozzie Smith was being inducted into the Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame; one of the things he talked about in his acceptance speech was what kind of effort and performance was “good enough”.  He shared a slogan that he had gone back to time and again throughout his baseball career.

“Good enough is not good enough if it can be better. And better is not good enough if it can be best.”

Hard to beat that as a great description of excellence. Or the pathway to becoming the best we can be.

Flashpoint: Good enough is not good enough if it could be better.

Get more great thoughts from Dwight.

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