So why am I sitting in a Marriott Hotel at 6am on a Thursday morning?  Yep I ask the same thing, and even more relevant – why did my alarm go off at 5am so that I could be here for 6am!  I’m self employed so I should be living the life of Riley shouldn’t I? Long lie-ins and hot tub sessions?  But no I am getting up at 5am and driving round the M25.  I am here not because I have to, but because I want to.  I need to be here for 7.30am but from experience I know that the stretch of the M25 that I need is more often than not, temperamental to say the least.  I know that if I leave in enough time to be here on time, I am late.  I don’t do late!  I hate late! In fact late (as I explained to someone) I believe, shows that you have not put enough effort in to value the thing or person you are turning up for, or that you feel the need to make a big entrance (whether you realise it or not).  So I don’t do late – yes late is a doing thing, not a happening thing.  Ok there are some things beyond human control BUT 90% of the time you can prepare adequately such that you will not be late.  It just takes EFFORT.

Effort is something I am hot on – I make an effort in my work life, my family life, my friends and everything really.  I am by no means perfect.  That is something I would hate to be actually as there is only one way from there – down!  I know I could make much more effort actually and sometimes have massive angst that I am not making enough effort, but there are only so many hours in the day and I am only human.  But the point is that I try, and I continue to be self critical, keep trying to be a better version of myself.  Learning and growing and hopefully becoming a better person than I was yesterday.

So I guess the whole point of this blog is, you get back what you put in.  I know that in my life with the challenges that I have faced, the people are what have literally pulled me through those difficult times.  So they are what I am grateful for every time I open my eyes at 5am…

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