Thursday, December 6, 2012
                                      Fall Edition 232
russell_newRussell R. Shippee
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Goals 2013

T E L E S E M I N A R 

December 11, 2012 
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December 13, 2012 
1:00 pm

Want to plan for 2013?

Want to make 2013 your best year ever? 
Want to be organized and focused?


"The key is not to prioritize what is on the schedule, but to schedule your priorities."


Stephen Covey    



 "Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."   


Benjamin Franklin



"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

Albert Einstein

"Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify."

Henry David Thoreau

Quick Links
Ahoy Captain 

Greetings from Disney World in Florida. We are all kids, so why not go to Disney? Why not have fun?

I recommend and work on a schedule. This visit to Disney was not planned; the schedule was changed, and here we are. Yes, when appropriate, we can change, and we should change.

The most important item is family. Too often family is put at the end of the list. Let's put family first, top priority, for the rest of the year and all of 2013. After all, isn't all the hard work for the family?

The title of the article below is FUN & FAMILY. Family should be the first fun, not mutually exclusive.

Here is some recent correspondence from readers of the newsletter:

Received my first newsletter yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Read some of the archived letters this morning before work which were equally as impressive. Think it is vitally important to take a step back frequently and assess our own lives. Not only does it enable improvement of ourselves going forward, but it also makes for a wonderful change of pace from daily responsibilities that can otherwise turn into a shallow routine.  DD



Just wanted to say thank you. Because of your help & encouragement I dared to move to Colorado! NB


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When was the last time you had fun?  When was the last time you had a good belly laugh? When was the last time you smiled from ear to ear?

I'm writing from Disney with my family. Our role model is our five year old grandson. He knows how to have fun, to have a belly laugh, and to smile from ear to ear.  Just watching a young child, in all his innocence and excitement, having fun, is enough to awaken the rest of us to the joys of life.

How did we lose the fun as we grew up? Did life get in the way? Did we forget the simple pleasures of having fun?

Disney is one of those magical places that provides fun. The fun is not just for kids, but the kids sure do make great role models for the parents and the grandparents. They know what has value and what is important.

Kids are such free spirits. A missed transport or the wrong shoes will no upset them. They go with the flow and adjust as needed. No problem. No worries. No concerns.  Tomorrow is not a consideration. Kids live in the 'now', see and enjoy all there is now.

How often do we miss the 'now' for our planning and concern of tomorrow or the regrets of yesterday? Kids let go and have fun. If they can, why can't we? We can. We should.

Perhaps we need to learn to be kids again, to have fun, to laugh, and to enjoy all that life has to offer. Why not let go of the stuff that isn't important and interferes with fun?

To me, to have fun is to be with a kid. Looking through a kid's eyes, I see so much that I miss as an adult. Kids see and appreciate more. They appreciate all that life has to offer. As adults, we miss too much.

Disney sets the stage and makes it easy to have fun. The real fun is watching loved ones enjoying themselves and being with the kids. That's the fun, that's what makes us smile and laugh. Laughing is contagious; and catching it from a kids is the best.

While Disney is fun, you can also have fun at home without spending money or going anyplace.  Playing games with kids in the car while driving can be fun and interesting. It's a stretch, but you can have fun doing the dishes.  OK, I don't have a lot of experience  with that, but I have done it, and I have had fun. The fun was with the people who were working with me on the dishes.

How about a quick Fun Bucket for the rest of the year? While December is normally a stressful month for many, why not make a Fun Bucket? Then do as many of the items in the Bucket as you can. Make the holiday season fun and not just work and stress.

Part of the Fun can be planning the fun things to do in 2013. In planning for 2013, put the vacations and the fun things first. Then add in work and obligations. The fun and family come first.