Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Living up to my values

Procrastination is attitude's natural assassin. There's nothing so fatiguing as an uncompleted task. William James
When I was a little girl, my father used to make promises with the best intention of keeping them. Life, circumstances, often his anger, would intervene and the promises would be broken.

As an adult, I know he didn't intend for those broken promises to haunt me. I know he was doing the best he could with what he knew. But those broken promises set up a pattern of inner dialogue that interfered with my keeping my promises to myself. You know, those promises about what I'll DO. BE. HAVE in my life when I keep my promises to be the best that I can be in this moment of freedom.

When I took The Passion Test, I realized I have a couple of things in my life about which I'm passionate, but not putting any attention on. One of the big ones is writing. I have another book I started, but I'm not giving it the attention it deserves. What I put my attention on grows stronger in my life. If I'm not putting my attention on writing -- where is it going?

Well.... I have a list of items that distract me. Like pouring water through a sieve, spending time on them does not get me more of what I want in my life. They leech my time away. Things like, watching TV. Playing solitaire on the computer. Flipping through magazines.

Time is energy and I'm putting my energy on things that do not create beauty, value nor happiness in my life.

Beyond passions, however, I have promises I've made to myself and to others.

One of those is completing my daughter, Liseanne's, 21st birthday book. I have all the letters compiled, the pictures chosen, but I haven't put them into her book. And I promised I would.

Keeping promises, especially to our children, is vital their happiness and our well-being.

Keeping my promises makes me a woman of integrity. Not keeping my promises, undermines my values, including my integrity.

I am a Wonderful Woman of Worth -- a real WWOW!

Living up to my promises keeps me living up to my beliefs, my values, my principles.

Time to quit procrastinating and get doing!

I deserve the best that I can be. The world needs me to be my best.

The question is: Are you giving the world the best of you? Are you living up to your promises and keeping yourself stepping in the light of your values?


Anonymous said...


I think you are writing just fine. check out today's FEATURE on 360boom e-zine, LOST IN WONDER by Louise Gallagher http://livingbetterlonger.net/lostinwonder.html (I trust you are OK with the re-titling .. I thought Starry Starry night is a song cue ...but not the sentiment of your piece.



Anonymous said...


on 'getting inspired' to write your book...and on process, check out the John Grisham interview from Jan 28/09 on the Charlie Rose show . . 55 minutes of insight @ http://www.charlierose.com/guest/view/241

worth watching, and watching and watching . .