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Where do your priorities lie?

The following quizzes, and the subsequent paragraph, are attributed to the late Charles Schultz, creator of the comic strip, Peanuts.  I’m passing along his thoughts because I think it’s important that we realize what is really important in life.
Quiz 1:
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s World Series winners.
Quiz 2:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.
“The applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.  The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones who cared.”
This is Jim again.  As we go through life, let’s make sure our goals and priorities include caring about and serving other people, not just about other things.

Thanks for being part of my community. I’ll see you on the radio and the Internet.

Don’t wish your life away, even in the middle of a recession

At the beginning of 2008, I predicted that with regard to economics and politics, we would live the Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” As a result of events since then, the impact of which is enduring through 2009, millions of individuals have experienced professional setbacks and millions of families have felt financial pain.

In times like these, when challenges are great, the natural human tendency is to look forward to the future when things will be better. “I can’t wait for 2009 to be over.” Or, “I’ll be glad when my life can get back to normal.” This reaction can be a productive way to cope; but it can also create a situation that is not a good thing: wishing your life away.

When it comes to country music, you could call me a discerning fan; I’m picky about what I listen to and pickier about what I recommend. Trace Adkins is known primarily for his honky-tonk songs, but recently he recorded something different, at least for him. This ballad is about not wishing your life away. Here are the first two lines of the chorus (songwriters Gorley, Ashley, Miller & Lee).

“You’re gonna miss this; You’re gonna want this back.”

Allow me to explain why I think these are simple words that are appropriate for these complicated times and a powerful sentiment for any time.

There are no perfect years. The only difference between one year and another is the relationship between the challenges and the opportunities. To paraphrase an old John Denver song: some years a diamond; some years a stone. Recently, we’ve had our share of stones.

If your business is still in business, even if the struggle is great, that’s something to celebrate. If you’ve become one of the professional casualties of this recession, you may have to look a little harder to find something good about this year, but you can do it. I know, from past experience. So when I’ve been at my lowest point financially and professionally, I would check on my children. If they were okay, I didn’t allow my challenges – which I always took seriously – to prevent me from finding happiness that day or that year.

As we work through 2009 getting ready for whatever comes next, let’s make sure that we don’t let the “I can’t wait for this to be over” thing cause us to wish our lives away. While we’re dealing with the setbacks of any year, life goes on and good memories do happen. I like the advice the late singer/songwriter/heretic, Warren Zevon, once gave us about this short life, “Enjoy every sandwich.”

Before you wish your life away, consider the possibility that - you’re gonna miss this… you’re gonna want this back.

Do yourself a favor; click on the first link below and watch the video performed by Trace Adkins. Then click on the second link and read the lyrics. Then go back and listen to the song again. And as always, please leave your thoughts with me and our community.

Trace Adkins Video “You’re gonna miss this”
Lyrics to “You’re Gonna Miss This”

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