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 jenny@jenniferhester.com 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!!!!!

 

Second chance at life.

IMG_8300Recently, a dear friend of mine started having back pain. It started on Sunday and he went through the week trying to find out what was causing his pain. Thursday of that same week they tried to do an MRI on him. He was in so much pain that he could not lay still long enough to have the MRI. On Friday, they sedated him to get the MRI completed. After his MRI, he was informed that he had a life threatening staph infection in his spine. He was taken to emergency surgery to have his spine scraped and begin a long process of healing. If he had gone another 24 hours without surgery he would not have been able to be saved. My friend was given a second chance at life. This is where it clicked for me. Every day that we open our eyes and go about our lives, we too, are given a second chance at life.

It doesn’t take a life threatening illness for us to be given a second chance. We get that EVERY DAY. Our problem is deciding to live our lives that way. Everything that we do begins with our mindset. If you decide tomorrow when you wake up that you have been given a second chance at life, how will that change your mindset? Will you live your life any different? What would it take to help you live your life with passion and enthusiasm? What will you do tomorrow with your second chance at life?