"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

.....Taking Over.....

Monday 5 Things….. Taking Over…..

Choices.  Hundreds of them.  Every day we choose to take one direction over another; some decisions are made without even thinking.  Some choices are made after arduous, gut wrenching decision points in life.  Others we take our time, cultivating, ruminating; pondering over the ramifications, complications and consequences of a decision to be made.  Today’s M5T considers taking one path over another.

1.  Talk Over Text

Give me facial expressions over emojis.  I’ll take social interaction over social media.  Thinking for myself over what the media tells me.  I’ll take asking why, repeatedly just to understand, over being silent and leaving things unsaid.  I want to listen, really listen; to understand nuances of a voice and body language over just pretending to be interested.

2.  Higher Purpose Over Expectations Of Others

I’ll take solitude over loneliness.  Silence over meaningless words.  I’ll take being in control and responsible over being dictated to.  I’ll take the positive over the negative.  I want forgiveness and grace over holding onto pain and disappointment.

3.  Adventure Over Monotony

I’ll take new cultures, new foods, new smells and new languages over complacency.  Risk over assurance.  An airport over a highway.  A fast car over anything else on wheels.  I’ll break a senseless rule over being silent and passive.

4.  Experience Over Virtual Reality

I want to deeply experience happiness and peace, and to truly laugh and love over feeling numb.  I want to embrace the lessons of hurt, pain and mistakes over fear of failure, of trusting or of trying.  Make me think, feel and express myself over being placated.

5.  Creativity Over Uninspired

I want to be challenged by the unknown and the uncomfortable over the sheltered and easy.  Pushing myself physically, emotionally and spiritually over leaving myself unchallenged.  I’ll take passion over lethargy.  I want to be brought to tears over a book, a photograph, a sketch or a painting over neglecting to see and experience the beauty of the gift of something awesome and beautiful.

Here’s to a week of making choices — one thing over another — that will make a difference in your life.

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D. Paul Graham is passionate about people, culture, photography and business.  He has embraced his wanderlust with his travels around the globe, and is at peace with his need for spirited drives in all things automotive.  

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