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Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World

Best. Audio. Book. Ever!

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World by Admiral William McRaven, retired Navy Seal Commander, is an amazing book.

Short and sweet.

After I bought it and went to download it, I noticed that is was just over an hour, whereas most of the books I have purchased can run up to 8 hours.

This book is a bestseller, #5 on Amazon, so I was intrigued as to what he could share that was so powerful.

His book has 5 stars from every reader who rated it on Amazon as of just now.  I don’t think I have seen 100% 5 star rating before.

And I must say, he does not disappoint.

I think it is better to listen to the audio book because he reads the book himself.

His voice alone is powerful.

Here are the bullet points that he makes, but you are going to want to hear or read the full story behind each for yourself.

“If you want to change your life or maybe the world remember:

Start each day with a task completed.

Find someone to help you through life.

Respect everyone.

Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often. 

But if you take some risks, step up when times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the down trodden, and never EVER give up…

If you do these things, then you can change your life for the better, and maybe the world.”   — Admiral William McRaven

Me.

I got up at 5am this morning.

I made my bed better than I normally do.

I completed the task of riding my motorcycle for an hour.

I am telling you, you are going to want to check out this book.

 

 

 

 

 

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Taking Life Too Seriously I Will Not

I am trying to get a little yoda (and yoga) going on in my world because I have been taking life a little too serious for a little bit too long now and it is getting old.

During tax season, you gotta take things serious and it takes a lot of energy keeping three new people busy and productive, and do your own job.

Don’t get me wrong, I actually like to work hard (I know, I am one of those people) and I enjoy being busy with diversified tasks.

It makes me feel good, and it makes me feel accomplished.

However, I am still busy getting caught up with items that were put on the side burner during tax season.

That would not be a problem, it is just that I am faced with having to get really serious about the yoga teacher training that I am enrolled in, and I am already behind.

That’s when I start getting stressed, because I am tired of being so damn focused and responsible and hard-working. hahaha

I also would like to buy a place this year if possible, and that takes a whole lot of serious work and planning too.

Needless to say, when I got up this morning I was like Duuuuude, you gotta find ways to lighten up!

The yoga teacher training will actually help now that I can make the time to engage.  Like I need to read and write the essay about The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

The Four Agreements are:

  1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
  2. Don’t Take Anything Personally Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
  3. Don’t Make Assumptions Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
  4. Always Do Your Best Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

I read this book a long time ago, and I really appreciated it.

I look forward to reading it again, and writing the essay that is um, due tomorrow.

Which brings me to the second thing this training could help me with, stress relief by doing yoga. Duuuuh!

Um, I need to get with it because yoga brings me peace and makes me feel good.

I am not going to beat myself up anymore though for my slow transition.  I think I have done pretty well with all I have going on while trying to balance out this transition and not being too thrilled about having to be so focused and dedicated again so soon after my last focus and dedication!! hahaha

Ya know, maybe I’ll actually do something for myself today like get my hair highlighted, or get a pedicure, or get my eyebrows waxed or all of the above because I get pretty rough-looking after being so focused and dedicated. hahaha

Now I am already feeling a lot lighter and more relaxed.

After all……

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Oh, and I plan on doing yoga today too.

PS ~ A video for those who are more visually inclined ~ Don Miguel Ruiz: Stop Trying to Read Other People’s Minds | Super Soul Sunday | OWN


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