It is no secret that my husband and I love Jerry Seinfeld! We love his show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” If you haven’t seen it, check it out on Crackle. (He’s got one with President Obama, which is super interesting.) I recently heard a podcast where Jerry was being interviewed and he mentioned his three Rules of Life. I think they are pretty great. The rules are his, the commentary are mine. Thanks @jerryseinfeld!
Bust your ass. (excuse his language! 🙂
If something is worth doing it is worth doing well and with everything you’ve got. With our kids, we say all the time, “We do hard things.” When I was growing up, I got into a weird way of thinking. I felt like if something was “meant to happen,” it would just happen. If something was too much of a challenge, I assumed it was because it wasn’t “meant to happen.” Where in the world did that come from? It’s embarrassing to even admit that to you!
I feel like God really began reshaping my thought process when I began training to run my first marathon. I realized that anything worth doing was going to take a ton of work and an ethic that finishes things. Michael Hyatt speaks about the “messy middle” being where we lose focus, lose our “why” and give up. People that achieve, realize that they’ve got to make it past the messy middle and reconnect to why the why of why they are doing this hard thing in the first place.
It also teaches you the lesson that you can do ANYTHING but not EVERYTHING. When you tackle a “hard thing,” that’s probably all you will be able to accomplish. Not many people can write a book, start a business, adopt a child and take a worldwide tour. It’s because each of those things require every bit of our stamina or creative energy. Do one thing, do it with everything you’ve got and finish it.
2. Pay attention.
Don’t just mindlessly gulp down that coffee, but slow down and appreciate whatever it is you are doing. Pay attention to the details; your kids, your spouse, your friends, your life. Like the quote goes, “An unexamined life is a life not worth living.” Paying attention simply means being intentional about what you are doing with your life. Are you living a fulfilled life? If not, is there something you can do about it? Do you take time to evaluate your relationships, yourself, your attitude, your financial status, your future, etc.? These are things worth thinking about.
3. Fall in love.
Jerry wasn’t referring to a romantic love, but it certainly could encompass it! Fall in love with what you are doing and who you are with, whether it is a job/activity/life-stage. Love it and embrace it. If you are married, appreciate the spouse that God gave you. When we begin complaining and seeing our glass as half full, we don’t realize that many people only dream of having the life we have.
For example, I hear so much negativity about living through a child’s teen years. And, I get it. It’s tough and it’s different and it’s painful in many ways. But, it can also be wonderful and fulfilling, as you help guide your children to live out their God-given lives.
This is the life God gave you live out, he entrusted it to you, now go and live it for him. Look for ways he can use you in your daily, normal life. And, don’t forget to thank him for the life he gave you. I understand that isn’t easy. But, worshipping God in the middle of our trouble, pain or confusion shows a trust in our good God.
I hope you were inspired by this post. A special thanks to Jerry Seinfeld for sharing his Rules of Life with us!
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