It's that Time of Life Inventory Time
I woke up this morning at 6:00 and turned on the coffee maker. As the kitchen filled with the wonderful aroma of brewing coffee, I was moved almost to tears. Life is so good and so wonderful. I am so grateful to be alive. Since my stay in the hospital, and that wonderful experience of feeling God's presence, the smallest things resonate with me. I don't know what is happening exactly but I feel tears of joy welling up multiple times every day. I believe my mind is sending out healing messages to every part of my body. I raise my hands daily in surrender and feel so grateful for another day. Pain is part of the experience, muscle spasms are part of the experience, but so is my wife's loving affection, so is the delicious taste of coffee and fresh sweet fruit in the morning. Gratitude and joy are a vital part of my inventory, but there is also a down side to doing inventory and that is what I want to explore today with you.
Today I was thinking about how a business tracks inventory. This is a vital part of any business. They need to know when to order more materials. If they run out of inventory, they won't be able to sell their products. Without inventory a store is empty, why would you shop there, if they don't have anything to offer? That is why it is so vital for all of us to take a personal inventory. Let's ask ourselves some vital questions.
Why am I here? What is my purpose in life? What is the meaning of life? Whoa, Whoa, Whoa!! Slow down. I'm not a guru or spiritual master, Grasshopper. Let's ask some different vital questions. Questions closer to home, practical things we actually can do something about!!
Am I a grouch? Am I miserable to be around? Ouch! that is painful if you come up with the wrong answer. Let's be honest, do we come home and complain? Are we short tempered and do we cut people off? These are things in our inventory that we can change. Self control is wonderful. If you are in short supply of that, just stop when you feel something hurtful getting ready to come out of your mouth. Think about it and take a deep breath. It is probably better if those words are not spoken.
Inventory consists of listing items, then deciding what to do about them. In my work life, out in the field, there was this constant battle, to balance getting the job done, making the client happy, vs. getting taken advantage of. Sometimes harsh words were necessary, it was part of the job. I earned respect from my co-workers, my company and their clients, by standing up doing the right thing and being strong.
Bringing that home is almost always counterproductive. A soft answer turns away anger. I have to pause and think before I talk a lot more these days. There is a balance to maintain, I had to learn to take off my work hat, when I came home.
Impatience, sarcasm, procrastination, apathy, and many more are negative items that we can do something about. Take inventory of the negative as well as the positive attributes in your life. Think of creative ways to improve and reduce your negative reactions, impulses and habits. Think also about your positive attributes and how you can increase and implement these characteristics to bring joy to those around you, as well as to yourself.