Do you need a season of self investment. Do you need to take time to figure out the ROI of life? What one thing can you do now to make your life more profitable later? Let’s discuss!
It’s been a while since my last Corny Cotter post. The ones where I think deep and ponder life, right? Haha, those are always needed. But the truth is I have had my head down working away on projects and things that keep me WAY busy even when I don’t really need to be. Scratch that. I need to be productive, but not busy.
Read this “too many hats” devotional. You’ll get my point.
But it wasn’t until a situation occurred this last week that made me realize I needed to halt the hustle and take a season of self investment.
investment- profits that are not consumed today but are used in the future to create wealth.
So what happened?
Monday I arrived at the airport excited to hop on a plane to California. I was on my way to workshop that I had worked so hard to get into. I was ready to INVEST more in my business, photography, and it ALL! Plus my dear friend (Taylor) was my roomie and we were looking forward to catch up time. It was a WIN WIN situation!
Well, as you can imagine. That trip didn’t happen. We did, in fact, sit on the plane… on the tarmac…..for 3 hours…… with not much AC. All do to a random lightening strike. And then pulled back to the gate. I missed all my connecting flights, lost my bag (which I still don’t have), and got back home way past my bed time. I didn’t understand why this “freak of nature” incident happened. I was really sad and disappointed. As anyone would be, right? We all value time so much.
I woke up the next day not knowing what to do. Plus I felt like a truck had just hit me (so tired, might have been the wine though…whoops).
Should I just keep working? Get ahead on things during the summer slump? Should I practice what we would learn that the workshop anyway?
I was pretty much frozen in my thoughts and my actions. I started to pray and ask God to really show me how to use this time. To not be discouraged. To just open my eyes to see what I need to do in this situation. Boy let me tell you, He sure did show me!
At first, I had a good cry. And then realized that there is SO MUCH that needs to be done in my (our) life that has gone aside. It was time for a season of self investment. Not work or monetary investment. SELF investment!
As in …. “WHAT do you (we) need to FOCUS on NOW in order to GAIN much PROFIT in Later in LIFE?
Here’s the top 3 that came to mind. And trust me, there was more, but I want to focus on the top 3 first!
ONE –> HEALTH – I think we’ve all been there. We put off appointment after appointment and make the excuse we will deal with it later. I know I have! But now that we have great health care coverage, I need to really INVESTMENT my time and make those appointments. Blood work, check ups, follow ups, rest, and even taking care of mental and spiritual health. Whether that be through a counselor or through church. The whole health and wellness shebang needs to get back on course. Without our health being in balance, we can’t thrive. So even though our life is messy, can get help and focus on that ROI! (return of investment).
JOY – Oh boy oh JOY! This one has been hard for me. I think I’ve had my eyes fixated on certain outcomes with work, and moving, and yada yada yada, that all my JOY has gone out the window. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE what I do and find JOY in working. But I am talking about Joy outside of work. Joy within. We don’t have to act happy everyday to have joy. Joy comes from practicing gratitude. Joy comes from serving others. Joy comes from shifting your focus off the negative (and fear) and onto the positive. Joy comes from looking at your path of life and saying “I’m right where i need to be! No regrets” I need… I want my JOY back.
“Joy doesn’t come from having your circumstances in order and under control; it comes from what’s in your heart.” – Joyce Meyer
It’s time to invest in those areas. FOR SURE!
MARRIAGE and RELATIONSHIPS – I know what you’re thinking. Um, self investment and other people? How does that go together? Well, hear me out.
I must admit, I’ve been living in a season of No for quite sometime. No I can’t meet you for lunch. No I can’t meet you for coffee, I need to work. No I don’t have time, sorry. NO. And while I understand that NO is needed to keep you from being worn out and over committed. It also puts a strain your relationships. It sure has for mine. The people who love me the most. It means I’m saying No to quality time. It shows a lack of investment in ones social life, community, marriage, etc. Friends, I think this season of self investment requires a little unselfish attitude and a few more “yes’.”
Be present. Be ALL there. Be loving. Be VALUABLE.
Maybe a missed opportunity is not a bad thing. It gives you a chance to opt in on what’s more valuable … And right in front of you.
Tomorrow we start a new month. And we are half way through 2016. Maybe that’s the perfect time to re-evaluate one’s self. Maybe you need a little fresh start MENTALLY. Maybe you need a season of self investment like me. One that gives a big ROI!
What one thing can you do today to enhance the quality of your life later?
Thanks for letting me Think out loud today ya’ll!