Week 30: Monday

 

EisenhowerQuote

DAY 1

“What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”

– Dwight Eisenhower

“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.” – Philippians 4:12 (NLT)


 

What are we missing when we speed through life and let our attentions be drawn away from what’s really happening to us?

Take a look at this image:

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In photography, you call this a MOTION BLUR. The reason for motion blur in this running rat and cat image is that the amount of time that the shutter of the camera is open is long enough to let the camera’s image sensor capture the motion of the subject. So one key to capturing movement in an image is to select a LONGER shutter speed.

Every worthwhile thing takes time.

 

Douglas Rushkoff says people experience “present shock” – a condition in which “we live in a continuous, always-on ‘now’.

And in such a state, we suffer from busyness and barrenness.

Don’t fall into the trap. Keep your sense of long-term narrative and direction. Be able to distinguish between the truly essential and the merely urgent. Because while ESSENTIALpursuits are things that build our long-term mission, values, and goals and help us operate in a responsive mode that makes us remain calm, rational, and open to new opportunities, URGENT pursuits put us in a reactive mode, one characterized by a defensive, negative, hurried, and narrowly-focused mindset.

 

Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, a five-star General in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe said this correctly:

 

“What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”

 

Are you in a state of “present-shock”? Let’s learn from Paul’s principle:

 

“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.” – Philippians 4:12 (NLT)

 

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