Day 11: Choice

I was out late last night, so I didn't get to post this. 😦

Yesterday I was listening to The Dave Ramsey show (because I'm a personal finance geek) and he shared something that really struck me.

Whoever has the most options wins.

He was talking about not locking ourselves into making a bad decision about moving or working somewhere or… dating someone? But the more I've thought about this idea, the more sense it makes. For example, when you're applying for jobs and interviewing, often the business has all the power because they're the only one with choice. They have a pool of applicants that you're a part of, and that gives you little negotiating power. However, if you're also interviewing at one or two other places, and things look promising there as well, you're in a more powerful position. An interesting thought, and I'm looking forward to identifying other areas that this applies.

Day 10: Friendship

The book of Proverbs says that

There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

These friends encourage and challenge and grow with you. They are open and transparent and vulnerable about their lives, deep wounds, insecurities, aspirations, and more. These are the "I'll drop anything and be there when you need me" friends. These kinds of friendship are increasingly fleeting in our world, and they are also the most valuable.
I'm so thankful that God has blessed me with such friendships. You know who you are. I hope that God is able to bless you through me as much as he uses you to bless me.

Day 9: Credit Card Crisis

Apparently, we hit a record in America. Our collective revolving credit usage is $1.02 TRILLION. That's 1,000 Billion dollars. The last time our debt level reached this high was in 2008, just before we had The Great Recession. And, wouldn't you know it, there's a noticeable increase in delinquent credit cards and auto loans. In other words, banks are over extending themselves again, offering subprime credit accounts.
They say that history is doomed to repeat itself if we don't learn from our mistakes. Looks like we're didn't learn. On the plus side, if we hit another recession, real estate is about to go on sale!
It's a great time to step on the gas and get out of debt ASAP.

Day 8: Critical Thought

We live in an age that is characterized by an over abundance of information. However, we are not trained and educated properly to interpret said information with a keen eye and a thoughtful mind. Information can be used (and misused) to assert almost anything. And then, give. A statical-looking graph that seems to imply the same thing, most people will simply accept the proposition as fact.
In The Art of Charm Episode 641: Weaponized Lies, Jordan and his guest speaker Daniel Levitin talk about a number of ways that people intentionally or unintentionally skew facts to convey a certain message. One point that stood out to me was:

Argue against your own point.

This aids in your ability to think critically not only by opening yourself up to both sides of an argument, but by helping you catch potential errors and weak points in your own argument. Ultimately, this requires you to remain humble and open to the possibility that you don't know everything. And, as is falsely attributed to Mark Twain,

It ain't what you think you know that gets you into trouble; it's what you know for sure that ain't so.

Day 7: Leanness

I try to work out regularly for several reasons:

  1. I’m a little bit vain,
  2. I like to eat lots of food,
  3. I have more energy when I’m in better shape,
  4. I signed up for a Spartan Race on October 29th, and I want to be ready for it. (Want to join me? It’s in Big Bear. I signed up for the afternoon race, the 12:30 start time. The team name is “1 Cor 9:24” because I’m a Bible geek.)

This post is going to focus entirely around the first reason. haha Continue reading “Day 7: Leanness”