The Twix Bar in My Car

dreamstime_xs_63576356Last Halloween I snitched a mini Twix bar from somewhere and stashed it in the coin compartment of my car.  I was going to save it as a treat.  I looked at that little bar many times over the months, but I held off.  I would save it for the right time.

Finally, I decided I deserved a treat and the Twix bar would be perfect.  Keep in mind that it had been in the car for a few months, I live in Wisconsin and the winters are cold, and that bar had been frozen and thawed dozens of times.

I unwrapped it, expecting to savor a tasty treat.  It looked horrible!  I nibbled a tiny corner.  It tasted horrible!  My treat was anything but.  I threw it away.

The lesson from the story is that sometimes we should simply enjoy what we have when we get it rather than postponing our enjoyment for later.  Yes, we need to plan and save for the future, but we also need to enjoy the present.  Maybe wisdom is knowing when to do each.

Beginning and Ending of the Year

dreamstime_xs_59251764The beginning of a new year is a good time to review where we are, where we want to go, and how will we get there.

Something else of value is to compare the end of the year with the beginning of the same year and see if anything changed.

How does where you were in your professional and personal life at the end of 2016 compare with where you were at the beginning of 2016?  Did you go where you wanted to go?  Did you achieve what you wanted to achieve?  Why or why not?

What do you have to do differently in 2017 to make the end of 2017 different from the beginning?  Now is the time to develop and implement a plan.