"We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons." -Jim Rohn
This quote has a really strong impact on me for some reason. It just makes so much sense. I first heard it awhile ago, but have been reminded of its truth lately. I've noticed recently that I am constantly frustrated or disappointed in myself over silly little things that could be easily avoided. Staying in bed an extra 30 minutes, and then having to run out the door, breakfast in hand, late to work. Watching dumb TV shows when I get home from work or spending too much time on facebook and then getting to bed later than I wanted with clothes left on the floor and dirty dishes in the sink. Perusing pointless websites at work and putting off a project that really won't take that long. And then I always beat myself up about it. "Why don't you just get your butt out of bed when your alarm goes off??" "How hard is it to turn off the computer and get a few chores done instead?" "Look at all the things on your to-do list that you didn't get done today." Not fun. But then I keep coming back to this quote. Have discipline, Sara, it's not nearly as hard as the regret you'll feel later. I wish I could say that I've learned this and have made vast improvements, but the truth is I'm still just very much in the beginning stages of putting this into practice. I'm writing it on a sticky and putting it on my computer today though. So that's a start :)
I bring it up today because the person who told me this quote is someone very special to me. And it's his birthday. That person is my boyfriend, Darwin, and this is just one of many lessons he has imparted to me. One of the things that drew me to him was all the practical life lessons he would continually teach me. It blessed me in more ways than one when he was assigned to me as my mentor at Pitney Bowes, the job where we first met. He taught me (almost) everything I know about sales - the rest I learned from my amazing Dad :) Whose birthday was yesterday by the way. Love you Daddy!! Darwin keeps me grounded, he puts things in perspective, he calms me down when I'm freaking out, he puts up with my sassy attitude, and he is there for me through everything. His friendship means more than anything to me.
|Our first picture together...still one of my faves|
|On a ride day..."working"|
|In LA at the Getty|
So to you boo: Happy Happy Birthday. I can't thank you enough for everything you do for me. You make my heart warm. I hope I treat you with 1/50th the amount of kindness that you show to me. And I hope you have a very wonderful day xoxoxo