Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Readvent 4: Caring

Success is doing something you care about.

Set a timer for 30 minutes today for NO multitasking. Focus your care and attention on one task that you need to do. Allow yourself to focus instead of comparing your task to what you’d rather be doing. Hundreds of things are more fun/rewarding/exciting than what you are doing at any given moment, but by caring for the moment, for the present, you nurture it into the best it can be.

Today I focused on writing for 30 mins, and I feel that I have really gained from giving myself some time to breathe and look at my thoughts.

I saw people today scurrying around London where I went for my meeting. I saw baristas creating perfect swirls atop lattes. I saw street cleaners bending down for that last piece of paper. I saw a TfL employee on the platform of a tube station make a tube drivers day by announcing over the tannoy that all the people on the train were in very safe hands as this train driver was the best in London.

This year I began caring about radical hospitality. This was inpired by reading A Just Church by Chris Howson and the Irrestistable Revolution by Shane Claiborne. I feel happier the more time I give away, the more I give to others.

I also began caring about giving thanks whenever and where ever I can. This was inspired by 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp. The more I try and find to be thankful for the more and more I realise the blessings in my life.

I have been trying to take better care of myself by trying to dress well in a way that pleases me, getting a good hair cut and so on. Little vainities, but ones that make me feel put together. A good pair of shoes on my feet makes me smile everytime I look down.

It's better not to care about what people think of you. It's better to act now and apologise later. It's better to ruffle some feathers and get the job done. Not everyone is going to be positive about you, and you're not going to get on with everyone.

I don't care about money, I don't care about status, I don't care about a big house or a fancy car. I don't care about the stock market.

What really matters to me is integrity, creativity, happiness and sharing.

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