Unknown Sense of Entitlement

Recently I was at a fast-food restaurant waiting patiently for an order. While I was waiting a man walked up to the counter and rudely started spouting off his order with an air of superiority as if he were royalty. I wanted to lean forward and say, “Excuse me sir, but you do know that you’re in a fast-food restaurant, right?” My point here is that if he was truly royalty then he would be having his dining experience elsewhere and not at the Burger King on 5th and Main.

People sometimes have a sense of entitlement. They are entitled to the service of others. They feel that they’re special and deserve the submission of the people around them. We all know people or have met people that have this frame of mind, or perhaps we ourselves have fallen victim to this way of thinking.

Some questions I’d like to leave you with: How do you treat the lady at the checkout counter of Wal-Mart? How do you talk to your waiter when dining out? Are you courteous to others when you’re driving? I want to encourage you to have a servant’s heart. Be the person that is willing to aid and help others. I’m not more important than you and you’re not more important than me. We are all equal and have the ability to treat others with respect and care. And in so doing it will bring you a lot of happiness and joy.

Plus, on a side note and in somewhat of a joking manner: You never know who someday might have your life in their hands.

~John

Jun 29, 2012 - Priorities    7 Comments

Time

Time is the father of truth, its mother is our mind. Giordano Bruno

Many people focus their minds on time. If you take a step back and look at many of the clichés we hear every day about time you’ll notice that many of them carry the thought of concern; there’s no time like the present, time heals all wounds, time is running out, in the nick of time, time is money, time is of the essence. So my question is “Where is the focus of your mind?”

People will sit at their breakfast tables, sit in their living rooms, or sit in their cars just staring out the window. It seems like some people spend many of their days waiting for their nights, and many of their nights waiting for their days. I know personally I’ve spent many hours sitting in front of the television as a way of escape and to past the time. But then again I’m not really living if I’m just waiting for time to pass. There are some people who never have enough time, they’re going, going, and going and are so busy doing, they don’t allow for a stillness in their mind; a time to reflect on their day to see if it’s been fulfilling their desires.

For most of us, time lacks a physical reality. Time is not something we can feel or hold in our hands, we cannot hear it or smell it. Time is always fleeting, unstoppable and undeniable in its passing. When we look at our lives we usually look at them in weeks or months or years, but we should be focusing just on one day at a time.

Within each day there is an opportunity to grow. The opportunity we’re meant to have today cannot be had tomorrow. Just as the opportunity we could have had yesterday cannot be had today. Each day has its own unique work related to a specific aspect of your life that needs growth. By taking every opportunity you’re presented with, you grow into the person you are and the person you will become. We should picture every day, every hour, and every minute as a gift. Every day is filled with new experiences and potential and is scheduled for great things.

So should we continue to draw through our actions and consciousness and live our lives step after step after step just so time will pass? Or should we take steps, one after the other to building success and happiness? Think about one thing that you keep putting off. Ask yourself why. Are you afraid it won’t work out the way you want it to? Are you putting it off because you don’t want to apply the effort? At the end of every day, when you go to sleep, if you have missed your opportunity, you have missed a chance to grow.

Remember that TIME is not just a cool magazine, but it’s measured with birthdays, anniversaries, height-markings on the wall, laugh-lines, stretch marks, footprints, wood carvings, and the unending inevitability of change. And with each measurement there is an abundance of joy to be had. Keep your mind focused on what’s important and don’t waste it focusing on things beyond your control.

~John

“One man has enthusiasm for thirty minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.” ~ Edward Butler

Jun 15, 2012 - Uncategorized    2 Comments

Food for Thought: Part 2

Some of the most meaningful things we hear are the sentences or phrases that hold some truth.  They provide us something to think about.  Here are several more that I’ve collected to think on. I hope they are helpful and thought-provoking to you as well.  This is part 2 of a 2 week series, so if you’re still hungry check out lasts weeks post for more Food for Thought.

  • One thing I can give and still keep is my word.
  • Compromise is always wrong when it means sacrificing principle.
  • Most people say they are willing to meet each other halfway; trouble is most people are pretty poor judges of distance.
  • If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.
  • Most people aim to do right; they just fail to pull the trigger.
  • Most people fail in life because the wishbone is where the backbone should be.
  • Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the mastery of it.
  • Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.
  • Happiness can be thought, taught and caught — but not bought.
  • Burying your talents is a grave mistake.
  • Praise, like sunlight, helps all things to grow.
  • Life gives you time and space — it’s up to you to fill it.
  • The heaviest thing I can carry is a grudge.
  • A stumble may prevent a fall.
  • Failure is no more fatal than success is permanent.
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