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November 7, 2012

ROOT: It's just a matter of time

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I have never been much of a morning person, but my wife has been trying to get me to go to bed and wake up earlier for years. It isn’t that I don’t listen to what she has to say, I just couldn’t justify going to bed before “Robot Chicken” was over.

About a week ago, I got tired of always scrambling to get my work done. So I decided to give this whole “waking up in the morning” thing a try. It is a small change to my routine that has created a huge difference in my life.

Normally, I would not be boring you with a story about how I go to bed and wake up earlier. But I felt that this was significant enough that it needed to be told. Also, I refuse to discuss any of the election nonsense that is going on this week because discussing politics is a no-win situation, and I won’t do it.

Maybe the lack of political discussion in my life is another small change that has made me a lot happier. I have noticed that I am making a lot of small, and large, changes to my life that are starting to pay off with big dividends.

I re-arranged some of the things in my life so that I could put more focus on what I felt was important. I think the big problem was that I used to spend way too much time on what other people felt was important and it was taking away from the things that I really wanted to focus on. After making some slight changes here and there, I am finding that I feel a lot better about life in general, and I am getting a lot more done as well.

So what is my point? My point is that people tend to get caught up in things that really do not matter and that can really screw their life up. The things that should be important in your life are the things that should be important to you. If you wake up every day satisfied with the way things in your world are going, then you win. But if something feels a little off, then fix it.

I used to think that it takes major life changes to feel better about things. If I wanted to feel better about my job, then I would need to make a major job change. It turns out that waking up earlier so I could focus a bit more on my job in the morning rather than scrambling to get it done in the evening was the real problem. Now I get a lot more done and leave myself a lot more time to do the things I want to do.

When you see big challenges ahead or you feel uneasy about the things in your life, it can sometimes be the slightest changes that make you suddenly feel better about things. If you feel that you have too much drama in your life, then maybe you should chop down your Facebook friends list and worry more about real problems than the problems people seem to create online.

I talk a lot about priorities, and I will always feel that your priorities are the things that should dictate your life. But you can feel lost with your priorities if you never seem to have the time to attend to them. Trust me, you don’t need more hours in a day to get things done. You just need to worry more about the important things and the rest will usually fall into place.

Ah, another life lesson from the guy who gets angry when the summer humidity softens the outer shell of his Oreo cookies. Sometimes us crazy people have a lot to offer. You normal people just need to learn when to listen.

Take stock of not only the things you are doing in your life, but the way you are doing them as well. Sometimes the answer is as simple as setting your alarm clock a little earlier in the morning or cutting out some of the excess things in your life that you really do not need.

I guess I could have learned all of this a long time ago if I had just listened to what my wife was saying. I wonder what other nuggets of inspiration she has to offer? I suppose that if I paid attention, I would already know. Maybe I should make that a priority.

George N Root III is a Lockport resident and completely oblivious to the world around him. His column appears every Wednesday, or so he is told. He can be reached at georgeroot@verizon.net, but please be patient as it takes time to respond to all of his hate mail. But he does want to respond to every person that takes the time to write, so just be patient.