Should Or Should Not?

Caution: Long Post Alert. 
But the story has to be told too.

This story starts a week ago at a funeral.  As I walked into the church my best friend from high school walked in right behind me.  He was a year older than I was and his wife is in the same class as my wife Deb.

How good of a friend?  We even had t-shirts made for our singing duo as Flash and The Kid.  We joked that those t-shirts would not fit us now.

Anyway, I had not seen him for quite some time so after hugs and some conversation we went on our way into the funeral and through the rest of the day.

How many times do you say “we need to get together” or “let’s stay in touch?”. I’ve said it plenty but have been more determined to follow through lately.

Later in the week we had an opportunity to get tickets to a Saturday show at a music venue in my hometown, which is two hours away.  We took advantage of the tickets and invited my old friend and his wife to join us.  

In addition, the venue is owned by a former classmate of mine who is doing great things revitalizing the downtown of my hometown.  I got to see him, get the grand tour, and also got to visit with another classmate who had lost his wife, who was also a classmate, to cancer recently.  We had a terrific night.

There were many reasons why we shouldn’t have have done that on Saturday night.

*It would be a late night.
*We could try to schedule something else more convenient.
*I will miss the end of the Hawkeye game.
*We needed to get up early for church on Sunday.
*We had another concert (Joe Bonamassa) to go to on Sunday night.
*It would just be easier to stay home.

There were less reasons to go but they were the most important.

**People and the opportunity for a moment, which turn into multiple moments.**

How many times do you think about the many reasons why you shouldn’t, instead of the one or two reasons why you should?

The opportunity for moments come and go and once they are gone they will not return.  I want to encourage you to step into your moments.  Take advantage of them. 

Don’t let the “should not” keep you from the “should.”  Your opportunity should take precedence over other reasons or excuses. 
I certainly did not regret saying “we should.”

I’m cheering for you.

#leadership #motivation #coaching
#bebetter #beblessed


Published by toddagordon

Currently in his 37th year in the education field. Currently the District Activities Director at Greene County Community Schools in Jefferson, Iowa. Celebrating 37 years of marriage with Deb. Deb works remotely as the Assistant Controller for Treynor (IA) State Bank. We have 3 kids, two son in laws, a daughter in law, two wonderful grandsons, Jonathan and Parker, and three lovely granddaughters, Mia, Madison and Faye. Nicole and Brett are parents to Jonathan and Madison, and are working in ministry in Urbandale, IA. AJ and Regan live in Waukee, IA. A.J. currently works for Thrivent after a few years coaching college basketball including winning a National Championship as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Graceland University. Regan is a Kindergarten teacher with the Des Moines Public Schools at Hubbell Elementary School. Abby and Anthony are parents to Parker and Mia and they outside of Ogden, IA. Abby works as a Physical Therapy Assistant and Anthony works for a landscaping company.

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