What’s your “but” doing?

What’s your “but” doing?

Catchy title, huh? Before you criticize me, please notice there’s just ONE “t” – grin.

I like to think I am a fairly positive, upbeat person (except before I’ve had my morning coffee – word of caution there). I even had a friend ask me, “How do you do it? Stay so positive?” My response: “Practice – grin.”

It’s funny, the week I was having, I thought I’d like to just quit (insert two or three things). It’s just too hard. Then I thought better of it and completed the task I had set out to do. It did get me thinking, though, about how I could have “but-ed” myself into giving up. So, I actually wrote the title of this blog down on Wednesday. Then Thursday, while perusing some good quotes I’ve come across to post on the NewDirection Life Coaching Face Book page, I chose, “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” ~ H. Jackson Brown”. Later, I realized that quote fits perfectly into the “but” blog. Funny how the theme just seemed to flow throughout the week.

How often have you set out to do something only to find it too difficult, or maybe an inconvenience, or totally boring, insert any cop-out you’d like. How about some of these…

I tried to quit smoking, but it was too hard.
I wanted to sign up for that class, but I forgot
I’d love to go to the park with the kids, but I just don’t have time.
I was gonna help with the yard work, but so&so called & asked me to go shoot some hoops (or go to the mall).
I thought about volunteering, but I have no idea who to contact.
There’s a picture floating around facebook that I absolutely love…

… it’s so true, isn’t it?
If you don’t want to do something (now I’m not talking about have to’s here) – don’t do it. Of course, not jumping into something without first considering all options is probably one good way to skip starting something you don’t want to finish. Projects pop to mind here. How many of you started a project that you have yet to finish? I see you nodding your heads – grin.

Once you’ve made the commitment to do something – follow through, finish up and finish strong. Well, at least finish up.

Of course there are two points of view on any topic. Let’s briefly discuss when you have a good “but” (ONE “t”, people – one “t”).

You’ve been drinking and are ready to drive home, but you take a cab.
You are dawg tired and want to sit and watch TV, but you play a game with your kids.
Meeting new people is not your thing but, you take a meal to a new neighbor.
It’s been a rotten day and you are mad at the world, but you smile at people walking by.
I suppose your “but” doesn’t have to keep you from doing things, it could help you to do things. That brings us back to another good quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: ‘Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.’ Another true statement, don’t you think?

Put your “but” to good use & have a great weekend.

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