Last month, we saw the Dave Matthews Band in Cincinnati. After being a groupie back in the late 90’s, it had been a while since I had felt connected to their new music. At the convincing of our buddy Kent, we piled in the car after work, stuffed our faces with Skyline, and headed to an arena that we used to frequent.
I was immediately struck by the reaction I had to such familiar space and music. I had forgotten how much of my marriage grew from a common love of Dave Matthews Band. Even the songs that were unfamiliar had the familiar charge of the band. It was such a great night.
They were cranking through a new song and I was really in the moment. And then Nathan said something like, “the people you coach need to hear this!” I had talked a lot about beFULL. He knows what I am trying to do. Not only was I struck by his attention to my work, but also how right he was. And I needed to hear it too.
Make the most of what you’ve got. Don’t waste time trying to be something you’re not.
This has become a little bit of a mantra for me lately. A bizarre kind of decision filter. I find myself asking, “Is this what I am?” If the answer is no, I’m wasting my time. “Am I making the most of this situation?” Sometimes that question spurs me to a different action, and sometimes it removes guilt when I am doing the best I can in that moment.
So that is my charge to you today. Two points:
1) Make the most of what you’ve got.
2) Don’t waste time trying to be something you’re not.
Have a happy and authentic Tuesday.