Layin’ Low
Rest n’ pause
Sleeping long
Slow motion
Gonna do
Shoulda, coulda, woulda done

What are you afraid of?
Don’t you know what you’re made of?
One of God’s greatest creations
Take this invitation now
— from “GET UP” by Mary, Mary

Work. W-O-R-K.

It confounds me… the number of people who say, “I want this kind of success… this kind of relationship… this kind of body… this kind of life…” and when I suggest steps toward their goals, they trust to look at me all bug-eyed, and declare, “That sounds like work!”

Of course it sounds like work. Anything that you desire, you must work for. And guess what? When you are fortunate enough to get it, you must WORK to maintain and grow it!

Work ain’t a bad thing, ya’ll . It’s a good thing. A necessary thing, if you are going to live your best life; if you’re going to LIVE your life at all you have to WORK!

I have come to believe that many of us avoid the WORK that we need to do because of the following reasons;

  • Fear of falling short of our goals
  • Fear of accountability and vulnerability
  • A belief that we don’t really DESERVE better

My husband and I talk a lot about this thing we call work. Being married for over 34 years and being business owners, we often reflect upon the work we’ve had to do to grow and maintain our relationship through all kinds of growth spurts and conundrums. We talk about the work we must commit to doing in order to continue growing our businesses and the work it takes to maintain balance in our busy lives. We talk about how we must work to not only expect, but embrace the inevitability of change and all of the new work that it will bring our way.

We’re honest with each other; vulnerable where we need to be. We hold each other accountable. Not only that, we work to foster relationships outside our marriage. We seek to surround ourselves with forward-thinking people who have values and work ethic  similar to ours. We look to our friends and to each other for inspiration, wisdom, and honest-to goodness-hold-your-feet-to-the-fire truth.

We then hold ourselves accountable to do the work that will move us toward our goals.

Fredrick Douglas said it this way: “People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.”

Gotta work, folks.

Let’s start  with some work right here right now.

Write it down. What are your goals? Physical. Spiritual. Personal. Financial.

What is the first step you need to take toward those goals? JUST GET THE WORK STARTED! And then, in the words of Mary, Mary

Get Up
‘Cause you can’t stop
Get Up
Got a lot to do
24 hours
Almost gone
Get Up
Don’t sit there
Get Up
If you wanna get there
Clocks don’t stop and
Time won’t wait

He said
She said
They said
What do you say?
It’s your dreams
Your choice
Your time
Your life
So don’t you
Don’t you
Miss it

What are you afraid of?
Don’t you know what you’re made of?
One of God’s greatest creations
Take this invitation now

Time won’t wait

Welcome to the rest of your life
From now on, just try
To live more, want more, work a little harder
Dance more, laugh more, be a little smarter
Hug a little longer, love a little stronger
You’ve been down but now it’s time to

Get Up













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