Monday, March 19, 2012

The Sweetest Choice

I was watching my daughter the other day. She was supposed to be putting up the toys she left scattered in her bedroom. Instead, she was in her papa’s study eyeballing a candy jar sitting on a high shelf. Laser focused cannot begin to describe her standing catatonic. It was as though she thought if she moved, the jar would run from her.

I watched. I waited. She took a deep sigh and turned to make her way into the hall where I was standing. A little surprised, she looked up at me and said, “I wasn’t going to get that candy.” I laughed. She smiled wryly and made her way to her awaiting chores.

Have you ever gotten the feeling that you should be doing something other than what you are? I don't just mean in the area of good vs. evil, but in everyday life. Conscience is a funny thing, huh?. That little voice inside your head that can make you feel guilty about doing a half-hearted job, ignoring the rules, or neglecting your duty...

Well, listening to her conscience was just what Lexi was doing in that brief moment of stillness. It kept her on track. It made me realize that inside each of us lies a meter that knows what’s good vs. what’s best for us.

Deep inside, we all know what we’re superbly capable of and where our shortcomings are. Neglect these standards, and chances are your priorities get mixed up, and your direction wanes. In whatever you do, take pride in your actions and do your best – even if you think nobody notices.

It doesn’t take a lesson from a four year-old to know when you are doing something you ought not. Whether it's your diet, exercise routine, family or work; live up to your best potential because while you may think no one is looking, somebody really is – you are.

As always – Enjoy Life,

John Aaron Villarreal

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