Monday, December 7, 2009

What Matters...and What Does Not

What REALLY matters...

I'm on the bubble right now about my blog. With the onset of Facebook and so much sharing going on there, I feel like there isn't as much to talk about here. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe not. I just don't know. In the meantime...

What doesn't matter is your political affiliation when it comes to being an American. What REALLY matters is that you don't take your freedom for granted and that you show your support for those today and who have come before you to guarantee your freedoms. That's what REALLY matters.

What doesn't matter is WHAT you do. What REALLY matters is WHY you do it. So many people today make decisions and do things because they "appear" proper and fit in with the culture that surrounds them. If the core driver for why you do it is sour, then the result is empty and shallow. This crosses all types of things from purchases to words you say in passing on a daily basis. Think about it.

What doesn't matter is some peoples' maturity level and the wrecking ball they swing to try and dismantle the good intentions of yours. What REALLY matters is that the work you do, have done, and continue to do is for the greater good and has a positive impact on others. It's so easy for me to take insults and jabs personally and just want to "throw in the towel" and walk away because of one or two childish comments and attacks when the overall impact is overwhelming positive. It matters that I keep the big picture in focus and discard the negativity thrown my way.

What doesn't matter is the car you drive, the house you live in, and the possessions you own. You will take none of it with you when you leave this mortal world. What REALLY matters is the impact on peoples' lives you have today and your relationships. Keep it simple...if you can put a price tag on it, it probably does NOT matter. It's the priceless things that matter.

What doesn't matter is the rhetoric pushed out by Washington and the politicians on both sides of the aisle. What REALLY matters is the overall impact of what is going on today. The deficit is on an unbelievable rampage like never seen before in history. I'm not blaming this on only the current administration. It started before the past 12 months but has escalated to a feverish pace. At this pace, generations upon generations will bear it's burden for a very long time. Our U.S. dollar is at so much risk of becoming worthless which could have a horrible domino effect on so much here in the U.S. Something has to change to redirect the current path. What that will be....well, only time will tell but a debt that climbs by millions 24 hours a day is never a good thing.

What doesn't matter is how many races you've run, how many ultras you've run, and how many 100-mile finish lines you've crossed. What REALLY matters is why you did them, what fueled you to the finish, and what drives you to the next one. I may blog but it's not to hold a sign high over my head to say "Look at me!!!" I share...to maybe help or inspire one other person out there and I enjoy doing it.

You know what matters...seriously matters. Disregard everything else as fluff...for that is what it is.

Have a great week, everyone and as always, Happy Trails!

5 comments:

Jeff said...

I've thought about this too. It gets to be a lot of work updating Facebook & a blog. And fb is easier to manage. Honestly the main reason I keep mine is b/c I think it's cool to be able to look back on past year's events and group runs. FB isn't as easy to do this. The other reasons you mentioned are also good reasons to keep it!

Kron said...

What will I do with my AM coffe? Being a teacher, facebook is a big no-no. BTW here is a good talk back to your blog. I can't take credit for it.

What God Won't Ask

1. God won't ask what kind of fancy car you drove. He will ask how many people you took to church who didn't have transportation.

2. God won't ask the square footage of your house. He will ask how many people you helped who didn't have a house.

3. God won't ask how many fancy clothes you had in your closet. He will ask how many of those clothes you gave away to those who didn't have any.

4. God won't ask what social class you were in. He will ask what kind of "class" you displayed.

5. God won't ask how many material possessions you had. He will ask whether those material possessions dictated your life.

6. God won't ask what your highest salary was. He will ask if you trampled over any people to obtain that salary.

7. God won't ask how much overtime you worked. He will ask did you work overtime for your family.

8. God won't ask how many promotions you received. He will ask what you did to promote others.

9. God won't ask what your job title was. He will ask did you perform your job to the best of your ability.

10. God won't ask how many promotions you took to chase a dollar bill. He will ask how many promotions you refused to advance your family's quality of life.

11. God won't ask how many times you didn't run around on your spouse. He will ask how many times you did.

12. God won't ask how many degrees you had. He will ask how many people you thanked for helping you get those degrees.

13. God won't ask what your parents did to help you. He will ask what you did to help your parents.

14. God won't ask what you did to help yourself. He will ask what you did to help others.

15. God won't ask how many friends you had. He will ask how many people you were a friend to.

16. God won't ask what you did to protect your rights. He will ask what you did to protect the right of others.

17. God won't ask what neighborhood you lived in. He w will ask what other neighborhoods you visited.

18. God won't ask how many times you told the truth. He will ask how many times you told a lie.

19. God won't ask about the color of your skin. He will ask about the color of your heart.

20. God won't ask how many times your deeds matched your words. He will ask how many times they didn't.

ultrarunner (Brian Philpot) said...

I read more blogs then facebook. Blogs just seem to be better reading. JUST LIVE LIFE !! LIVE LIKE DIE TOMORROW !!

Dale L said...

Nick, you have positively impacted and inspired so many through your blog including me. That matters. However, I (and I'm sure others)would understand if you find it hard to spend all the time keeping it updated. Perhaps a compromise? Maybe keep your blog but only update it when something is really on your heart and you have time to write?

Mr. P said...

Kudos on an excellent post! Many things to think about...

As far as blog V. Facebook, I think they each have their own place. Facebook is good for keeping in touch with people and reporting results, but the real story telling happens in a forum like this. From someone who was on Myspace at it's peak, that site is deserted now. Everyone's left for Facebook. I'm sensing Facebook's days being as popular as it is are numbered as well. Just my $.02.