I love motivational speeches and this one has been so memorable to me over the past few months especially as a new mom. When Sean speaks about forgoing sleep in exchange for success I can say a hearty, "Amen!" I'm only 5 months into this mom thing but have never been one to complain about being sleep deprived. I was well aware that going into motherhood that I would have to forgo sleep and actually it hasn't been that bad. I've just learned to survive on less sleep. Don't get me wrong, I love to sleep in, but I always feel like I could be doing other things besides sleeping. I mean, am I going to get to the end of my life and think, "Man! I wish I had slept more!" I feel this way about TV too, which makes me even more happy that we got rid of cable. Uka and I were just talking about that the other night, how we are so much more productive now that we don't have TV. As the Holstee manifesto says, "If you don't have enough time, stop watching TV."
A few months ago this video was making rounds on the Internet:
We really feel that by streamlining our lives and focusing on what's important we're on the road to success.
A similar point was brought up in church a couple weeks ago when our pastor mentioned that people love to say how busy they are yet they can recite the plotlines of their favorite TV shows in detail. That really made me laugh cause I can think of a few people in my life who fit this description!
Yes, perhaps some people are made to lead sedentary lives, sitting in front of the idiot box hours on end or leading lives of drudgery in the rat race without making investments into their local communities, but Uka and I feel called to something greater, and we know that together we can get there.