I've been on a mission to get a little more organized, to get more family time and exercise, to write many more interesting blog post, and to read more books. It's nothing hard, I just haven't put myself in the right gear to do it all organizationally.
Let me tell you what it means to be organized to me. I want to know ahead of time what I will be doing, what’s coming, to know that everything has a place and that everything is in its place. The hard part, though, is my wife's the direct opposite of me. She really doesn’t care whether or not everything has a place or that it’s even in its place. She knows that can be fixed, and I do too, but I don’t what to have to worry about it. My wife must have read from Matthew 6:27, “who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” because she doesn’t worry about it until she’s tired of me talking about it. She get's order out of chaos, how she does it? I don’t know, but I love her.
Speaking of my wife, her and my daughter, are always starving for my attention. I’m usually lost in a book or my writing, that they never really get my full attention. I noticed that and I got to thinking about getting myself a schedule to accommodate time for my family - Nick included. Who is Nick? He is my 16-year-old brother-in-law, my wife and I take care of him since their mother passed away in 2011. That’s another story for another time. To accommodate time for my family, I decided I would give them the time right after work, up until 8 pm, at which time I’ll begin my writing until bedtime. Tuesdays and Thursdays, before I start family time, I will be going for a run.
Exercise should be an important part of your life. Most people don’t get enough exercise and that's bad for you. I’m not going into details about how bad it is to not get some form of exercise because, frankly, I don’t know that much about it. I do know, however, that when I run at least a couple times a week, I feel much better. I feel better about life and especially the air we breathe. Get some exercise people. I’ve decided to make Tuesday’s and Thursday’s my running days. While running I’ll be thinking about what I should be writing about in my blog post, yeah, that’ll get me going, right?
I’ve been wanting to write many more interesting blog post and to do that I keep telling myself I need more time. The truth is, it’s not time that I need more of, I need to tell more stories. You see, I’ve been trying to motivate others so much that I forget I need to also motivate myself more. In every person, there is a great story and I’m still looking for mine. That’s why I read so much, I’m looking for my story, my great story.
Reading to me is like the programs on the Matrix. Anytime I want to learn something new or even something old, I load a program “read a book” about what I’m wanting to learn. I now get most of my reading done in the morning before work or before I do anything else, except for maybe coffee. I get up every day between 4 AM and 4:20 AM to start my day. To read my books. I have so many books and I’ve read a lot of them, but there are many I haven’t got to yet. I’ve been looking for another bookshelf because my books are overflowing the current location. I went this last weekend to find one and what did I do? I bought more books. Right now, I’m reading Freakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. So far, so good.
To me getting organized is normal. I love being organized. I love knowing what’s coming in the future. I hate surprises, I absolutely hate them because in them you can’t see what’s coming. Spending time with your family is happiness and it brings me joy to see them happy. Everyone needs someone to share their life with, someone to exercise with. Exercise keeps your body feeling good, don’t forget to exercise your mind too. You can do that by writing and reading. Writing your next Picasso and cutting off your own ear to read all the books you can. Organize your favorites to eliminate the moment of surprise.