Big kitchen fridge magnet fan here. With #1 being my bed, the fridge is my #2 favorite destination in the house. It holds my ice tea, a bevy of vegetables I say I will make for my kids and never do, leftover chicken tenders, my chocolate stash in the freezer, and, of course, a ton of random magnets holding up lists, coupons and my 8 year old’s artwork. Along with the dentist and pizza place ones, I love to collect magnets with cool or inspirational sayings. And as I reach for my empty calories, right there is my daily advice to make me a better person who makes smarter choices.
This is my favorite magnet:
“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.”
– Teddy Roosevelt
We are all busy, but when applied to our busy lives, in my opinion, this is perfect advice for everyone. Here are my thoughts on it:
There are only so many hours in a day and you can only get to what you can get to. So when you wake up, do your best to organize yourself and tackle what you can. And at the end at the end of day, don’t beat yourself up for what you didn’t do. Add it to your running list, reprioritize said list, congratulate yourself on the things you DID accomplish today (yes, showering counts) and then close your eyes and pass out.
Personally, I actually do NOT want to be in two places at once. I can barely manage my ADHD, shiny key, constant snacking self in one place, let alone two! The minute you start thinking about being elsewhere, you split your attention from the present. Note your thoughts, write yourself a note to revisit later, and stay focused. What you have right in front of you needs your attention. Make things awesome HERE and NOW. You may find that it exceeds your expectations. And if it doesn’t, you still got it done, rocked it, and now you can focus on the next thing, building on that success.
While I cannot tell you the secret teachings I learned as a sister of Kappa Gamma Chi, I absolutely can tell you the #1 thing I learned during pledging. USE YOUR RESOURCES. There was no Internet when I was in college (yes kids, I am 1000 years old) and we were forced to rely on the things and people we had around us for direction and answers. Now we have the internet with a vast expanse of information we can use to educate and advance ourselves. Don’t know it? You can learn it with the click of a button!
Now obviously when Aristotle delivered his teachings he didn’t know he’d show up on the door that opens to our milk, eggs, and bacon, but I believe he would be happy to know his words were guiding us. Inspired by Teddy, here at Intellezy we want to make sure you have the resources to be prepared with what you need, where you are, so you can stay informed and always be learning at all stages of you. And from me personally, thanks to my fridge for being a tried and true partner in my search for creating a balanced and always evolving life.
Be brave, be awesome, and smile whenever possible.
By Kristen Teixeira