The Early Bird Gets to Swim

Good morning! I hope your day, and your week, is off to a good start.

While most of the country is about caught up after losing an hour of sleep, some of us couldn’t be satisfied with that.  Last week I fired up the RV and headed west.  Two time zones so far, and one more this coming weekend.  So, while everyone at work is starting their day at a leisurely 8:00, my days will start at 5.  I know.  Some of us are too stupid for our own good.

Yes, the days start earlier.  But they end earlier, too.  And when there’s a pool within walking distance that’s heated to just the perfect temperature (usually by the sun), 2:00 is a good time to step away from the computer.  Believe me, I use that pool just about every day.  I don’t really even swim.  I just lounge in the water for a couple of hours simply because I can.

We all learned the concept of sacrifice and rewards as children.  Stay away from the candy dish now, and your fingers will feel better later.  With me, candy was for rookies.  I learned at the age of 4 not to plug suitcase keys into the wall outlet.  As I sat in a daze on the other side of the room still seeing that bright flash, I gained a full understanding of cause and effect.  Explains a lot, doesn’t it?

As we get older, those lessons change.  Through the teenage years, the goal is simple – have fun and don’t get caught.  I was pretty good at that one.  But then we hit some point in adulthood where we start to grasp the fundamentals of banking.  You have to put something in to take something out.  That’s pretty much true of everything in life.

We can be our own worst enemy when it comes to living the life of our dreams.   I’m not talking about lottery-level wealth.  I’m talking about comfort, good health, close relationships, and the ability to enjoy what the boss calls “work-life balance.” It could be as grand as a European vacation, or as simple as an afternoon dip in the pool.   You decide what the “good life” is.   And you decide which sacrifices are worth it.

Within the laws of physics, if you can dream it, you can achieve it.  You just have to make those deposits.  The more you put in, the more you can take back out.  That may be as simple as getting up a little earlier or working a little later.  It may mean taking a calculated risk.  And it may mean burning the midnight oil after the kids are asleep.  But if the dream is vivid enough, the way will present itself.

That’s all for now.  Have yourself an awesome day!

© 2023 Dave Glardon – All rights reserved

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