Are you a skimmer?

I greatly admired Nelson Mandela and was saddened by his passing. I thought to myself what a great leader and role model we’ve just lost.  I sat and watched some of the tributes to him, in particularly the interview that he did with Oprah back in 2000. I was surprised by his comment that had he not been imprisoned, he would not have been able to achieve the most difficult task in life and that is changing yourself. He said the time that he spent in prison allowed him to sit down and think. He shared that he was in there with other great men and they spent time sharing their views. What remarkable honesty and insight.

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

 ~ Confucius (551 BC -479 BC)
Our wisdom in life comes not only from living and reading, but taking the time to reflect on these things. I am the worlds’ worst in this category, but I am going to be intentional, starting today, to reflect more on life. I am guilty of reading a book or blog and then move right onto the next thing. I will gain one or two small bits of knowledge from them, but I am letting what could be an abundance of knowledge slip right through my fingers simply because I won’t slow down long enough to think. I look back over the time I have wasted by being in a hurry in life. No more!!! Today is a new beginning. I recently prayed for God to help me become a more in depth thinker. I don’t want to live life just skimming the surface, there are too many amazing things that I am missing. I think of it like an iceberg, you see the small amount of ice sticking out at the top, but miss the massive amount under the water. This is how we should view quiet time. If we are not using quiet time to reflect then we are allowing massive amounts of knowledge to escape.

Mr. Mandela will be missed by millions. He was a man whose life was forever changed because he was wise enough to see the miracle that could be obtained by sitting down and thinking. Are you a thinker or are you a skimmer? I would love to hear your feedback. Send me an email at or leave a comment to share with everyone. Sitting down and thinking is just another way to Invite Excellence into your Life. Now go be all you were made to be!!!!!