"Just Do It" - 06/11/14

I worked in Tucson, AZ for 8 years.  About 3 years into my time there, I ordered Chinese takeout for dinner, opened a fortune cookie and read the fortune.  This is what it said:

"The simplest answer is to act."

I taped that fortune to my desk monitor.  Something about it spoke to me.  That's saying something because I usually couldn't care less about those silly things.

The fortune stayed taped to my monitor until I packed up my desk to move here.  I  kept the fortune but haven't been able to find it since we moved and I think about it often.

Sometimes, when you're in a tough spot; when you're not sure what to do; when you're over-thinking it;  the best thing to do is, "just do it."

I'm not talking about jumping into something with reckless abandon.  I'm saying that if you just DO what you've been dreaming, just DO what you've been wanting, it might be the best thing you ever DID. 

I started thinking about this more after interviewing Shelene Bryan, author of  "Love, Skip, Jump."  Her personal journey along the same lines amazes me.  If you're looking for an inspirational read this summer, check it out.

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.