Stay Sharp. Be Brave.

We’ve all heard it. The proverbial “family emergency” invariably leads to tons of missed work. Maybe you’ve called out of work a time or two because of a “family emergency”.

For those of you that do in fact experience a true family emergency, my prayers are out you and your family, and I wish you well through those difficult times. Invariably, every one will experience one a time or two; or seven.

But, there are lots of things that don’t constitute family emergencies under most circumstances. They include, but are not certainly limited to:

  • •Forgetting to do your homework
  • •Forgetting to put gas in your car
  • •Not wanting to get out of bed in the morning
  • •Not having your clothes ready for work
  • •Wanting to play video games with your friends
  • •Your sibling told you to stay with them for the day for any other reason other than they are needing your complete care (feeding, clothing, watching over their medical needs).
  • •Your cousins birthday is the same day
  • •Your brother’s girlfriend’s mom’s dog is at the vet, and you need to provide emotional support
  • •{insert non-adulting reason}


The truth is, you’re making us all look bad.

I’m a millennial. I grew up knowing that I had to work hard in this life to get anywhere I wanted to go. I’ve worked tirelessly for where I’ve found myself, and I’ll continue to be thankful for the blessings that I’ve encountered along the way. But you will never see me slacking off, or providing an excuse for something that I’m not willing to own up to. There are plenty of times that I’ve thought about joining the club of milennials that think it’s okay to skip work because they just don’t want to go. That’s a really unfortunate look at life. I truly feel that this feeling permeates all relationships, and not just the ones that they’ve intended it to be relegated to.

Please remember that we’re all in this together. We all want the same thing, and in order for you to get where you want to go, you must play the game. You can’t sit on the sidelines of life and read my posts (shameless plug) while not engaging in your interests. Perhaps your interests include slacking off… I’m not sure I can help you there, because if you engage in the above, you’ve got it down pat, and you’re exactly where you’ve desired to be. So, congratulations to you – you’ve achieved the american dream – the dream to follow our dreams, and achieve them. That, I can be jealous about; though, we don’t share the same dream.

Please though, consider the other people around you, and the things that you’re doing to them, with your inaction. That’s right, you are causing harm to another living, breathing human by failing to do the things you’ve signed up to do. Some of us, want to go further than our couch. Some of us, want to succeed, and make a difference. But the reality is that we can’t do it without you. I can’t do it without you. We need you. I need you.

Next time you consider stabbing the “snooze” button a few more dozen times, remember to be brave, and be open, and recognize that you are not just in this life for yourself. You can be like the plenty of selfish people who are either at the top looking out for themselves, or remain at the bottom looking out for themselves. Was that #shocking?

You can be a better you, if you let yourself be. If you let yourself believe that God gave you a purpose for this life, and that purpose was to help and serve others. I serve lots of people. In fact, that’s all I do. I rarely have the opportunity to focus on myself, and I prefer it that way. There is much more to life than self, and you will find yourself, when you give yourself to others in service. Go to church, volunteer, join a club. Stumble through Mix and find your purpose.

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