Whew… another week has begun and I feel like I didn’t quite finish up the tasks from last week to warrant starting a new one. Let’s face it, who ever completes their daunting daily tasks deserves an award, because my list is ever growing and it seems like there is less and less time in a day to accomplish it all. Nonetheless, I digress and try to move forward to the best of my ability.
“Significance is very different from success. Significance means that you are adding value to others lives. Once you taste significance, you won’t care about success anymore.” – John Maxwell
As I sit here at my desk working endlessly to get all of my ducks in a row for the next few days, I find myself wondering… “Am I adding value to the lives of those that read this blog?” Hmmm… don’t answer that… haha! No, but kidding aside, I really wanted to take this site back to its roots and I find myself consistently asking the same question of myself each day. Do I bring value to the table? The quick answer would be, yes… right? The long answer would be… I may not bring value to all but I certainly offer some form of value to a few, which in all honesty – is better than none at all. Right?
So, what is it that you bring to the table that adds value to those around you? Do you look at your worth by the amount of success you accomplish or do you look at your worth by how you help those around you? In this day and age, let’s face it – not many people make the time to help others anymore. When they do, it’s half assed and rushed causing you to really question their motivations as to why they lent that hand in the first place. But should it really matter how much or how little someone has helped versus the fact that they have helped at all? Let’s think about this for a second shall we? If someone lends a helping hand for you (say, you have fallen and need some assistance standing up), do you feel grateful when they lean over and help you up and then ask you if you need anymore assistance or if you’re okay. How about if they simply just helped you stand without a word and went on their merry way? Which would you prefer? Or are you like me and think that either way – the person took the time out of their day to help you regardless of small talk and that meant a lot to begin with? I find that sometimes no words is not necessarily a bad thing. In this time when so many are at fault with one another and there is so much bigotry and ignorance in the World, if a person took 30 seconds out of their day to help you in silence versus 5 minutes and took the time to have a conversation, we should be thankful that either person took the time regardless. Those few seconds mean a lot to anyone who barely has enough time in the day to accomplish their own tasks at hand – don’t you think?
Lately I think my goal in life is to be significant. It’s not about being successful (yes, we all strive for that in some way or another), but being significant means that I’m adding much more than just success to the table. When you take the time to offer value and add value to those around you – you truly are significant. Like John Maxwell said “Once you taste significance, you won’t care about success anymore.” Well John, I agree – but I think that to be significant in the world, adding value to others’ lives around you is a success too.
Wishing you all a wonderful Monday. May today and this week be filled with a plethora of inspiration to fill your bucket full.
In our household, Valentine’s Day is every day so it’s not a holiday or date we necessarily put a huge emphasis on each year. To my husband and I, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and we embrace love and commitment each and every day. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the occasional flowers, box of chocolates or jewelry but for us, Valentine’s Day is really about spending time with one another. You see – with our busy schedules and odd shifts, parenthood and just our overall daily lives, spending time with one another is what makes for a great Valentine’s Day.
“Any time not spent on love is wasted.” – Torquato Tasso
My husband Kevin and I have been together for almost 19 years and in that time we have definitely celebrated this holiday in different ways. Dinner by candle light, roses and floras galore and beautiful gems and jewels to stop traffic but one tradition we have definitely kept strong over the years is a new watch for one another. Whether I’m buying a new one for him or he a new one for me, each year whether for the holidays, birthday or Valentine’s Day at least one of us gets a new watch for our collection. Watches are so significant to each of us. To us, a watch is more than just an accessory we wear on our wrists, it symbolizes time and our time together is so precious and important to us.
“I would rather have 30 minutes of something wonderful, than a lifetime of nothing special.” – Julia Roberts (Steel Magnolias)
This year I treated Kevin to a beautiful JORD Watch – a 94A Series in green sandalwood and maple. This perfect wood watch makes a statement that is bold but not so much that it would make a person feel uncomfortable when wearing it. It is the kind of watch for those who are making the most of every moment, every single minute and every day. For a couple like us who collects watches of all kinds, this particular time piece is classic and stunning.
While each couple or person celebrates Valentine’s Day the way they choose, we opt to make sure that no matter the reason, we make sure that we spend time with one another, soaking in each and every moment and absolutely cherishing what we have. As a couple we have learned that life’s moments can sneak up on you and in a heartbeat anything can change. Make use of the time you have and spend it with the one(s) you love. Make Valentine’s Day every day and make every moment you live something wonderful.
Each person celebrates love differently and whether it be to buy something special for someone you care about or to spend every waking moment with the one you love, the decision is up to you. With busy schedules, three active boys and a life of activity – my husband and I have found that two minutes with one another is a cherished commodity and one we take advantage of as much as possible. Time with one another is our favorite gift and the reason why we buy each other watches for presents.
I’ve partnered with JORD to giveaway a limited quantity of e-gift cards worth $25 each for Valentine’s Day! If you’ve had your eye on one of these stylish wood watches, be sure to enter to redeem your gift code. Your gift code will be good through the end of March 2016! Entering is easy; click the link below. You will be asked to enter your email and your favorite JORD watch (there are so many to choose from). Once you hit enter, your code will be emailed directly to you!
Click here to get your e-gift card ($25 value) http://bit.ly/1K2H9yC. Remember that there is a limited quantity available so head on over to the site soon to take advantage of this offer.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Wishing all of you a wonderful Valentine’s Day – no matter the reason you are celebrating… whether it be for love or just because. Make every moment, every single time – breathtaking! xo