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We Are Here on Earth to Fart Around

Kurt Vonnegut QuoteI tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around and don’t let anybody tell you different – Kurt Vonnegut

This morning I read that quote and it hit home.  We put so much pressure on ourselves to be what the world considers successful.  We forget to just enjoy life or as Kurt said “Fart around”.

We feel like we are lazy if work does not consume at least 40 hours a week, we are not bringing the kids to practices, functions, etc… and attending every family and friend event you get invited to.

We feel a small bit of guilt when we see others posting pictures of events, functions, etc… on social media.  If someone asks how you are doing, great and busy are the default answers.

What if you were able to answer great and restful?  Would you feel guilty saying you have been farting around or would you embrace it and hold the phrase as a badge of honor?

The French have a word “flaneur”, which means to idler or lounger.  What this really means is someone who is enjoying and taking in the world around them.

Give yourself permission to be a flaneur and to fart around.  Seriously, we do not need Facebook worthy weekends all the time.  Remember we only take pictures of the cool things that happened that day.

Of course if you are a friend of mine of Facebook, you know my ideal weekend is a very relaxing one hiking, kayaking (somewhere close by preferably), or just sitting around the house with family or friends.

We can learn a little something from our pets.  Below is Taz who was gracious enough to give us an example of how to be a flaneur.

Taz the cat relaxing

In order to be a flaneur you should follow some simple rules:

  • Leave your cell phone off if you are out enjoying nature.
  • Take in all the sounds, smells, and sights.
  • Be happy and grateful for the extra day we get to enjoy on this wonderful planet.
  • Remember how lucky we are to have food, health, family, friends, shelter, and all the other amenities.

I wish I could find the old episode of the Dave Ramsey show now, but my wife and I listened to a whole show Dave dedicated to hearing people who became debt free.  Dave was surprised to hear so many people say one of the best side effects of becoming debt free was not having to work so much.

People embraced not being as busy, not working so hard, not needing to have so many commitments.  Over half the debt free callers expressed how happy they were to be able to scale back their work, take lesser paying (less stress) jobs and enjoy more family and personal time.

Don’t take my word for it, once you have the bills paid, food on the table and everything you need listen to Kurt.  Go ahead and fart around, you deserve it.

The next time someone asks you how you are doing, just say life is wonderful and I am only as busy as I need to be.  😉

Have a great week!

 

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The Man With No Shoes

I ran across a quote today, that was really good.  A personal growth goal of mine this year was to be more grateful about the wonderful life we have.

Here was the saying I read:

The man with no shoes wants shoes
The man with shoes, wants new shoes
The man with new shoes, wants better shoes

Quickly the parallel to life is seen in this saying, because once we have a home, we want a bigger home.  Do people need a 2,000 square foot home?  If you complain about having to work so hard, you may want to take a close look at your expenses.

What do we really need to be happy?  If you have a Trakfone, would you be happy enough that you are safe in case of a breakdown or do you really need to be online 24/7 for your own ego (self importance)?

Sorry for the shortness, but these days whenever someone asks how life is going, the first thing heard is generally “man, I am so busy”.  Why?

Whether you meditate, pray, or just sit in silence during the day.  Take a moment of that time and thank whoever you tend to speak to about the wonderful life you have.

If we have a roof over our heads, food on the table, a loving family and/or friends who care about us, we have a pretty amazing life.

Just take a moment to be grateful each day and say it out loud to yourself.  If you hate saying “I am so busy”, take a look at why and fix it…  I am guessing if you are reading this blog, posting on social media, etc…, then you have a lot to be happy and grateful about.

Have a great week ahead.  🙂

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Peace or Power, Chose One.

Can you have both peace and power?

 

I have been thinking about this one for a while, because being in a corporate environment for many years, you gain the respect of colleagues and people look up to you for advice and counsel daily.

After being a freelancer for a year now, I have been given a level of peace my life has never had.  We learned to love what we had instead of what we did not have and stop comparing ourselves to people who we believed were successful in life.

This morning, I took time to go through my closet and clean out all the clothing not being utilized.  A couple of the minimalism bloggers who write inspired me to clean up even more (Be More with Less and miss minimalist).

We had put money aside in our emergency fund to finance my change in profession from the corporate world to freelancing for several companies.  If work was difficult to come by, that money was going to help the transition or be my gauge for going to work for another company.

Fortunately, we never needed to touch that money and we were able to grow our personal businesses, which allowed us to still take our vacations, save for retirement and all the things we typically do.

However, now I only need a few pairs of nice dress cloths for when meetings happen or business trips to client locations.  When working from home, all we need is jeans and t-shirts primarily.  This meant I could clean my closet out and keep only 2 sports coats, some dress shirts and pants.

I was only able to spend the time cleaning out my closet on a Monday morning, because I work for myself and we only need so many hours of work a week to provide for our family.  We have a level of freedom (peace) we have never had by living the corporate lifestyle.

On Sundays I am no longer worried about getting reports ready for my Monday morning meetings and I am not stressing to get board presentations ready for midnight sends to the investors.  I sleep so much better and am at peace.  The stress is very low compared to what it used to be.

On the other hand, I do not have a team of people who work for me anymore, nor do I have executive level respect for decisions and actions like I had previously.

Oddly enough by having so many clients I get more “thank yous” for work being completed.  Plus I am a contributing team member vs. executive management now, which means people tend to say thank you instead of how come you are not doing better.  🙂

staff_meeting_Larry_Kellie_Chasse

Do I miss the perceived power that my corporate positions gave me with travel, board meetings, teams working for me, etc…?  Sometimes I do.  In the picture above we did go visit a client, but we got to enjoy some time by the water as well after we got our work done.

The freedom we now enjoy from being debt free and not having to work as hard is impossible to beat however (remember by most about how many hours you save by cutting certain expenses?).  I may work for a company again one day, but it would be because the position was a very good fit and would be something really fun.

For us, freedom is much better than power.  We get to work with clients we enjoy and do projects we love.  We also get to have afternoon staff meetings by the water when necessary.

 

Staff_Meeting

Would cutting your expenses and working to become debt free be worth it for you?  Would you enjoy the freedom over the power?

Have a wonderful day!

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Life Lessons From Monty Python – Seriously!

Can we take life lessons from Monty Python?

The simple answer is yes we can.  Just a fun post today about how even in Monty Python movies we can find bits of wisdom for our lives.

No matter what life throws at you, remember you are strong enough to beat it.  Sometimes we just need the inner will and determination to get through a situation.

Monty Python Knight

Once and a while, it is important to run from a situation or from people.  Not every situation is winnable (such as a toxic work environment) or people not worth being around (negativity).  Knowing when a situation is not going to change and we are the only change that can happen is useful.

Monty Python Run Away

It can actually be quite important to pay attention in school, even with obscure facts.  You never know when they may be useful.

We can get by on surprisingly little.  Don’t have a horse, use some coconuts instead.  We do not need the latest gadgets, the newest cars or phones to get things done and live our life happily.  Sometimes just some coconuts can get us by, even if you are the king.

Monty Python Coconut Horses

Never judge a book by its cover.  Sometimes the most meek looking individuals posses an amazing inner strength.  Even when you look in the mirror, remember you are strong and you can accomplish great things when you set your mind to it.  Even a small fuzzy bunny rabbit can get it done when necessary.

Monty Python Bunny Rabbit

Question everything.  Just because people say something is correct, does not mean it is true.

Just a fun post today with some food for thought.  Living a simpler life provides us with a lot more freedom to question and pursue our dreams.

Have a wonderful day!

 

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