GOOD THING, BAD THING, WHO KNOWS?

TGIM!

There is an old Taoist parable.

About a farmer. His horse ran away.

“HOW UNLUCKY,” His brother proclaims.

The farmer replies, “Good thing, bad thing, who knows.”

After a week the horse returns with a beautiful white mustang.

“Wow, that’s lucky,” says the brother.

The farmer shrugs, “Good thing, bad thing, who knows.”

While breaking in the wild horse, the son of the farmer shatters his leg.

“Tough break,” tells the uncle to the son.

“Good thing, bad thing, who knows.”

Later that month a war breaks out, all men under 25 are to report to go to war. The son, with his shattered leg, does not have to go to war.

The uncle/brother, walks into the home of the farmer and his son and screams, “SURELY THIS IS THE BEST POSSIBLE NEWS!”

The farmer and son reply in unison, “Good thing, bad thing, who knows.”

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The farmer in this story doesn’t get lost in the “what if” business, but instead focuses on the “what is.”

TEAM DO NOT JUDGE THE MOMENT. AND DO NOT LIVE IN FEAR AND JUDGE THE FUTURE.

A worsening of the economy might bring along an opportunity that otherwise you wouldn’t of had.

A mistake on the job, uncovered a bigger problem that we can now solve permanently.

So don’t ride the roller coaster of WHAT JUST HAPPENED! (GOOD OR BAD) because really no one knows what will happen next.

DO NOT FEAR THE UNKNOWN.

LIVE IN THE VERY MOMENT, AND MAKE A GOOD DECISION WITH THE CURRENT INFORMATION YOU HAVE.

JUST BREATHE.

— Joel

ONE WORD GOAL

I love yearly one word goals.

2016 WISDOM 2017 TEACH 2018 LISTEN 2019 FACIL (EASY IN SPANISH) 2020 GO!

I like looking back and seeing where my brain and soul were at years prior.

This year after much reflection, this just popped in my head.


2021 DELETE

Simply no social media all year. No facebook, twitter, or the gram as the kids call it. I started early, I am 6 days in. Like any addiction, I feel a void. And I must of been on it more than I would ever admit. I have free time. I am more focused.

Don’t use that word Joel, don’t do it. No. Stop.

Bored.

Honestly, since my mind isn’t full of that jibberish, it’s almost as if I’m bored.

Now I can’t fill that void with another bad habit. I see that being maybe a larger challenge then quitting. What’s next? A good habit or another bad one(s). Up to me…

I explain one word goals more in a blog I did way back in 2017.

Here’s the challenge in more detail.