I woke up this morning at 7:30 am, which is about two hours earlier than I normally get up. Most of the people I know get up at that hour, but most of the people I know are also in bed asleep while I’m up writing or reading until 2 or 3 am. So I woke up hungry this morning and got up to eat something. I noticed the color of the sky, that tint of orange that tells you the sun is about to shine on your world. For the past week it has been cloudy. When you ride a motorcycle everywhere, you hate cloud cover. So as well as addressing my hunger, I was up to see the sun rise to a day with no clouds.
Since I got up so early this morning I was able to sit and have some breakfast time with my honey, something we don’t get to do much with my late schedule and her early one. We were talking about my new iPad, and about my laptop. The battery on this laptop needs to be replaced, but I have put it off. While writing this week about planning I thought I would share some personal areas even I need to grow in.
I recall many years ago when buying my last laptop, not wanting to get a new one, because I liked the old operating system. I was not ready to try new things and at the time I did not use a computer as much as I do now. My mother told me to accept that things were going to move forward and I should keep up. Well now I have a laptop with a failing battery, a new one would cost maybe $50. It’s not like we don’t have that much money for a new battery; as Gwynne put it to me, I spent far more than that last year on my hair. In this case, if I wanted something, needed it, I would find the money. So why have I waited to get a new one?
Even I need to grow in life. This is another sign of how I need to look to brighter days. Yes we have challenges and yes things do not always work to our favor. But we need to look on the bright side of life. (I know you all just started singing the song from Monty Python!)
Always look on the bright side of life. I recall the morning radio show I listened to as a teen in Philadelphia. The morning DJ would always play that song at the end of his show each morning. You could say that is something I still need to have played for me each day to plan better for my computer. But the truth is I was planning my next year not thinking of what could happen; only what I had in front of me. For Christmas, I received an iPad2. It was not part of my plans, but now it is going to change many things I do with this next year to make my business more efficient, to help in many ways.
Still I have not gotten the new battery for my old laptop, which I still use. Is it because I have the hope that I will get the new computer this year, or am I still worried that I will not be able to pay the bills again? I lived that way for many years. As an entrepreneur you invest your money in the place it’s needed most. You pay your employees, your bills, you purchase the things you need. Well it’s time to get past that; it’s time to look on the bright side of life.
So as we finish 2011, you may have had a tough year. Maybe you lost a loved one as I did this time last year. If you have no hope in a brighter tomorrow, then you will only get what you have already gotten. It’s time to brighten your life up.
As I write this, it’s 9:30 in the morning, the time I usually get up and I’m tired because I woke up so much earlier than usual. But I can’t go back to sleep because the sun is shining off the surface of the lake outside my window, making a reflection that dances over the bedroom walls. As I said, it’s time to brighten up your life. The sun is shining on the water reflecting in the windows. It’s time to plan for a brighter future.