Saturday, February 15, 2014

Don't Live On Auto Pilot!!

 Don't live on auto pilot!
As a society we all have such busy schedules; we can almost do some tasks in our sleep! But I urge you to pay attention to every aspect of your life and everything you do! Martial arts has taught me to be aware of all I say and do and how that effects others. I pay more attention to what is important like the people in my life and the things I have now.

 The most important thing in your life is what you are giving your time to. You will need to figure out what that is and for some it may be easy but for others more difficult. Above all you need to be honest with yourself and truly look at your time and where you spend it. Once you find out where you are spending your time, you may be surprised; it may not be what you believe is the most important to you. Then make adjustments, have a plan and follow it. This will help you stay on track and not go back to bad habits. Really decide to make these changes and don't give up. You've gotten into some bad habits of ignoring people or things that really need your time. You see we don't intentionally not follow our dreams or not pay attention to what is important we just fall into habits, there's that auto pilot again!. We just don't realize how much our desire for the newest in technology or the biggest house or the fanciest car affects how much time and money we must give these things to keep them.
When your eyes are open your begin to see where you can change. Once you stop listening to the media "gotta have it" and the commercials "gotta buy it" you will get back to basics of what is important in life. Just because your friend just got a brand new car or the newest in hand held technology or the best new video game console doesn't mean you should get one too. Maybe you are married or have a girlfriend or boyfriend or kids; maybe none of that you are a single person with friends. When was the last time you spent time with them. And that means real time, not watching tv or going to the movies. But having a conversation or doing something like a walk or something fun like skating or bowling or a karate class. Martial arts class helps me to not only learn cool moves but self discipline, respect and sagacity; plus I get to see a whole new side to my family and how we treat each other and others. These activities really help to connect with the people in your life and not the items or stuff you possess. Plus you will break out of the auto pilot and spark your creativity as you find new things to do and subjects to talk about. Plus you will get to know yourself in a whole new way!!

Written by Instructor PattiAnn Rivera