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  • ELIZABETH EDWARDS

Make Your Bed or Eat Your Breakfast?

April 3rd was my third blog post, and titled, "How Do You Start A Business? Eat Your Breakfast!" I had chosen this topic as I had posed a similar question to a Dean Graziosi online group I had been involved in, and someone had posted the response, 'Make Your Bed'. I thought that was the most ridiculous statement ever, as I always do. It is a very rare occasion when I don't make my bed as that is how we were raised. I interpreted the response in a negative way, and honestly quit the group because I figured it was going to be full of what I considered to be ridiculous advice.


Yesterday, in my post about an article in the current AARP bulletin about the multitude of ways scammers are operating their scams and how to secure your person, I mentioned how I generally just toss this little bulletin into a corner to read when I am not busy with something or use it for packing paper.


What I neglected to share was that I found out where the suggestion on "How Do I Start Something?" came from. William McRaven, the Navy Seal Admiral who oversaw the Osama Bin Laden raid. He was featured in AARP's 'Q & A' section, and this column was titled "It is equally as difficult to forgive as it is to be courageous."


He was questioned about why he made the statement at a commencement address that apparently received over 100 million online views. I understood the response I received back in that online group, and in this context, I could now see why someone would make the statement. I could accept the original response I received when I was asking what I felt was a serious question and had expected something more than what I thought was an inconsiderate response. I hadn't even asked the person who responded why they suggested to start with making my bed, when it is something I do daily.


How often do we do this in life? Dismissing something or someone because it rubs us the wrong way? One person says something that we filter in a way different than what we normally would accept, and instead of clarifying, we make judgement and dismiss that individual or the idea entirely?


What would our conversations turn into and what could be accomplished if we reacted differently? For all I know, the person who responded to my question could have been William McRaven himself. I may have missed an opportunity to connect and find out why and where that response came from.


Make your bed and eat your breakfast!


Keep consistent with your actions, and carry on!









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