Entertainment on the cheap

I hung out with my daughter for about an hour today while she happily ran up and down carpeted stairs. We conversed a bit, sang a bit, and mostly just went up and down those stairs. Times like this are a great reminder that there’s so much entertainment available on the cheap.

As we journey through life, we get exposed to many forms of expensive entertainment – fancy gadgets, expensive sports, and so on. And, while many of these are great, it is easy to forget how little it actually takes for us to have a good time.

As I was taught this morning, a combination of some physical activity, outdoors or a bit of novelty in the location (in this case, carpeted stairs), and folks you like hanging out with is all it takes for a good time.

I wish you plenty of that over the weekend. :-)

Saying yes, saying no – The 200 words project

Cynthia once recalled an incident from when she was 12 years old. Her father promised to take her with him on a business trip to San Francisco. For months, they talked about the trip. “After his meetings, we planned to take a taxi to Chinatown, have our favorite food, see a movie, ride the cable car, and have a hot-fudge sundae. I was bursting with anticipation,” she recalled.

When the day finally arrived, Cynthia waited eagerly for her father to finish work. At 6:30pm, he arrived, but with an influential business client who offered to take them out for dinner. She felt her heart sink.

In a never-to-be-forgotten moment, her father simply said to his client: “I’d love to see you. But, my girl and I have planned a special evening to the minute.” So, together, father and daughter did everything according to their plans. “That was just about the happiest time of my life. I don’t think any young girl ever loved her father as much as I loved mine that night,” she says.

Cynthia’s father was none other than Stephen R Covey. Covey did put “first things first.” Here’s to all of us doing so over the holidays…

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Every time we say yes to something that doesn’t matter, we implicitly say no to something else that does. And, conversely, every time we say no to something that is lower priority, we implicitly say yes to something that matters. – Anonymous

Source and thanks to: Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Kite strings – The 200 words project

Here’s this week’s 200 word idea thanks to some awesome anonymous storyteller and a hat tip to Vik’s blog for sharing the story.

A son was watching his father fly a kite. After some time, the son said – “Dad, that string isn’t allowing the kite to go any further higher.”

Hearing this, the father smiled and broke the string. The kite went higher for a while and then began to come down and, eventually, fell to the ground. The child was very disappointed as he saw his idea fail.

The father took the opportunity to share a life lesson. He said – “Son, in life, when we reach a certain level of prosperity, we can often feel that there are certain things in our life that are not letting us grow any further. These things can be home, our values, our culture, our existing friendships etc. We feel the need to be free from those strings as we believe they stop us from going higher. But, remember, going higher is easier than staying at that higher level. Often, it is precisely our friends, family and values that help us stay stable as we experience the highs of our achievements.”

Source and thanks to: LinkedIn Pulse

And one to make you smile – ‘If you ever want to call a family meeting these days, turn off the WiFi router and wait in the room where it’s located.’ :-)