#47. Don’t Blog & Drive

You’ve heard the age old adage: “Don’t text and drive.” But it’s lesser proclaimed cousin: “Don’t blog and drive.” should not be overlooked. Blogging while driving is extremely dangerous, and I would know, because I’m doing it right now. Obviously I owe the world some SOS content since I’m back from vacation, and being that necessity is the mother of invention, and it is necessary that I drive to the airport to pick up my wife, it had to be done. I care about you that much. It could probably be argued that laziness or procrastination is the mother of necessity, but that’s a topic for a previous post. I apologize for the lack of a picture, and please excuse any misspellings or grammatical errors, but I’ve got a dog running around inside the car, and I’m trying to watch the road from time to time. Well, almost there!
What do you do that you would tell other people not to do?

#46. Why you should wear a belt even when you think you don’t “need” to… *

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Because when you don’t, you look silly. A belt is not merely a utility device. It is also an accessory, and even an engineer like myself, who often preaches practicality, can admit to the need for form over function at times. This is one of those times.
Now don’t be ridiculous. Of course I realize there are exceptions. So here are a few:
1. Your pants don’t have belt loops. This one seems obvious, but I knew if I didn’t bring it up, you would. (This includes athletic shorts, pajama pants, jumpsuits, sweatpants and leggings. I’m not sure why you wear leggings, but this list is about you, not me. I’m not the one with the wardrobe problem. You are.)
2. If you are already wearing suspenders. (No need to double dip here. You’re covered.)
3. You’re retired. (You can get away with anything. You’re a little older, and everyone says, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” You can wear your pants around your chest, mix brown and black, and wear socks with sandals. You’ve earned it.)
4. You’re naked. (Now this last one is optional, and I can’t stress enough how a great belt can really dress up your birthday suit. Just be sure to watch out for sharp edges.)

Now as always, these rules are not hard and fast, but they’re a great jumping off point to get you thinking abelt what you’re wearing.

*This post is directed toward men only. Particularly men who commit crimes of beltlessness.

#45. To Do or Not To Do…

Procrastination

Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow. (or at least really late at night)

I’m not sure that’s in the Bible. And I’m almost positive its not in red letter, but sometimes I find myself following this commandment religiously. Now its true; I do some of my very best work when completely under the gun. Projects, papers, even chores at home. I often wait until I have just less than enough time to fully complete something, and then go full tilt with no breaks, no sleep and no distractions until it is finished. But this method is not sustainable. It bites me square in the keister at times. It endlessly frustrates those closest to me, and in times of weakness, I admit my discontent with it as well. I justify my laziness, my “personality”, by pointing to flashes of brilliance that have been produced through persistently practiced procrastination, all the while yearning to operate in a healthier, less stressful, but probably less efficient pursuit of success.

I suppose the Apostle Paul said it best:

“15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” – Romans 7:15

In the end, if our shortcomings can push us toward the reality of God’s grace rather than our own self-loathing or self-righteousness, then we are doubly blessed.

What do you do that you do not want to do?