Today … Instead …

“We can no more afford to spend major time on minor things
than we can to spend minor time on major things.”
— Jim Rohn

Today I could have gotten out of bed with excitement for the new day. I could have put my feet on the floor, stretched, clapped my hands, and shouted, “It’s great to be alive!” Instead, I pressed the snooze button.

Today I could have invested in my health by exercising for 30 minutes. Instead, I pressed the snooze button again.

Today, I could have reviewed my personal mission statement and written down personal goals for the day. Instead, I pressed the snooze button one more time.

Today I could have enjoyed a healthy, well-balanced nutritious breakfast. Instead, I had donuts.

Today, I could have listened to an inspirational recording on my way to work. Instead, I listened to mindless radio chatter and cursed the rush hour traffic.

Today, I could have opened the door for someone and said, “Have a great day!” Instead, I slowed down so they would reach the door before me and pretended not to see them.

Today, I could have gone to a lunchtime business networking event and met some inspiring people with energy and great ideas. I could have made a valuable connection or helped someone else make one. Instead, I grabbed some fast food and ate lunch in the car.

Today, I could have called a friend to say, “Have a Nice Day!” Instead, I surfed the Internet.

Today, I could have completed that nagging task I’ve been putting off. Instead, I decided tomorrow would be fine.

Today, I could have spent the day creating great value for my customers. Instead, I complained about the one who was a nuisance.

Today, I could have listened to an inspirational recording on my way home from work. Instead, I listened to mindless radio chatter and cursed the rush hour traffic, again!

Today, I could have spent 15 minutes writing in my journal. Instead, I watched TV.

Today, I could have engaged my family in pleasant conversation over dinner. Instead, I read the paper.

Today, I could have fed my mind by starting a new book. Instead, I watched TV and ate junk food.

Today, before going to bed, I could have studied the Bible and mediated on its meaning to realign my heart and thoughts toward godly things. I could have prayed, giving thanks for my many blessings and asked forgiveness for the way I squandered them. Instead, I watched TV.

“Instead, we spend our time watching TV.”— Stephen Covey, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, p. 295

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