How to Live More Each Day

by Craig McBreen · 32 comments · Breaking out


Craig-McBreen-How-to-Live-More-Each-DayThe Centenarian

The other day while sitting in Toastmasters I was observing one of our speakers. Someone who’s experienced quite a bit of life.

He’s the designated Jokemaster. His role? To tell us all a joke at the end of the meeting.

He does this time and time again, from memory. Always with a smile, requires no assistance to the lectern, and is as sharp as a silver tack.

He’ll soon be 104 years old.

He’s funny, inspiring and has that 100-plus-year-old aura.

The Fighter

One of my wife’s good friends has cancer and has been in and out of the hospital more times than she can possibly remember. And has experienced just about every type of chemotherapy the good doctors of planet earth can come up with.

She hears nothing but bad news, but has somehow managed to maintain a stiff upper lip, at least when talking to others. This woman has an amazing sense of humor to go along with the iron fortitude.

Amazing how some people deal.

The Contemplator

My father was a quiet man who did just about everything on this own – from car repairs to gardening. He even cut his own hair, because he didn’t like outside interference.

After he died I started wondering if he lived a life of quiet desperation or was simply content living a simple, inward life.

A complicated man who kept everything inside and never allowed outside interference. Because of this, I will never know the truth.

Your List

You have your own list. We all do.

Others who cause us to pause and reflect. Memories that bring pain, but sometimes lead to moments of insight and change for the better.

Life. And those we experience it with.

I often wonder about the fine people I know online. Where they go, what that do, how often they cry; and if they are as funny, or bitter, or forgiving as they are online. I think about the folks above and a million others.

How do they change for the better?

We could live a long, rewarding life, receive dire news any day of the week, or one day look back and realize we lived a life of quiet desperation.

There are certain things we can’t control, but we can change our perception – of others, of the world around us and of our situation at any given moment.

It is quite possible, if we take advantage of these little specks in time – or simply frame them differently – we may one day look back and feel good, be proud, or at least feel content.

So when I think about the people above, and others, I try to approach my day with a glass half full attitude.

I could start spitting out cliches. I’m quite good at that. But really, what do you have, but this wink of time?

Okay, I’ll stop before this becomes a Hallmark moment.

But really … live. And by that I simply mean, take advantage of those moments.

And I don’t mean stop working hard. God no.

In fact, the older I get, the more I realize it’s futile to fret away the hours, in life and work.

So … if you’re in business for yourself and times are tough, stop crying and grow a pair of business balls. You WILL make it through if you want it bad enough.

Read Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art and get your groove back.

Check out this brilliant post writen by young and inspiring Ashley Ambirge.

Go read this amazing post by Danny Brown.

If you want “it,” but the experience is incredibly hard, keep pushing. Make those moments count. One day you’ll look back and be proud.

If it’s killing you or your family life, well, maybe it is time to stop and do something else. But guess what? Maybe that something else will be your breakout moment.

My point?

Enjoying life doesn’t mean sitting in a field of lilies on a lotus position. No.

I spent years in quiet contemplation and this did nothing but create a stagnant puddle of muddled thoughts based on fear. Time wasted not living, until I broke out in my own way.

And that’s what this is all about – breaking out and living.

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Kaarina Dillabough June 24, 2013 at 7:45 am

There is only this moment, then poof!…it’s gone. Live every moment. Cheers! Kaarina
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Craig McBreen June 24, 2013 at 8:53 am

Indeed! A big Cheers to that :)

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Mary Stephenson June 24, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Hi Craig

Now that is a subject right to the heart of what I feel. I think we get through life at times with many regrets of wasted resources. (money, knowledge and the use there of) But are we to live these experiences to get us closer to what we are really supposed to be doing…we just haven’t been hit over the head enough to figure it all out!

At times I feel I am just spinning my wheels and would like to go in another direction, but that is not always possible with the past setbacks. Shall have to work with what I got and constantly keep adjusting to get it right.

We never should quit learning no matter how many times we just want to get up and walk away. Fear lies with what I have built and what I would lose to stop or even slow down for an extended period of time.

I do realize that at times when you make a ripple in the ocean you never know what difference it makes at all. But I have found that once in awhile the impact is greater than the ripple. How you personally affect other people’s lives in a good way is a huge asset to mankind, because they will pass it on in someway also.

So, I guess really it is about not quitting, not giving up and give back to the world what you have also taken from it.

We try to be so independent but really are not. Even as you say your Dad cut his own hair, but still he needed stuff that other people produced. No one lives independent of the human race.

Great post and looking forward to your new site.

Mary
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Craig McBreen June 24, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Hi Mary,

“How you personally affect other people’s lives in a good way is a huge asset to mankind, because they will pass it on in someway also.”
– So true.

I see the message of living in the now repeated again and again, but to me it’s not about a life of quiet contemplation. Not that there’s anything wrong with that for some, but I often feel people need to get off their duff and get living … This is how I’ve been speaking to myself for years, because I was stagnant for so long.

No one lives independent of the human race, but my father sure tried ;)

Thanks for the great comments!

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Amber June 24, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Craig.

I look forward to your new site as well. There was something very touching about how you wrote that you think about the people you know online, and wonder what they fear, if they’re funny, and so on. It was just strangely touching. In fact, now that I’ve been following you for a bit, I’ve found your writing overall has more heart and soul than most. I feel “socially” connected on a very superficial level to other bloggers, twitters (etc., to infinity and beyond), but there’s something special about the connection you make with your writing. I practically never, ever actually comment on a post, and I’ve now commented on two of yours. :-)

Keep up the wonderful work, I wish you much success, and look forward to reading more, amigo.

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Craig McBreen June 24, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Hi Amber,

Thanks. It’s something I’m very excited about and you’ll be hearing quite a bit about it in the coming months.

Thanks for the kind words. I really do appreciate the fact that you took the time to read … and especially, comment. You just made my day.

Thanks again and great to have you here, Amber.

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Sheila Bergquist June 24, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Having lost my brother recently to a totally unexpected heart attack, I can relate only too well to this. You just never know…and life can get you so down you don’t think you can get back up, but you have to keep going and trying. I’m really looking forward to your new site!
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Craig McBreen June 25, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Hi Sheila,

Sorry to hear about your brother, and yes, you just never know.

The new site will be about breaking out and change for the better, something we all need to read about, right?

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Ralph June 25, 2013 at 3:33 am

Interesting idea. Have you been by http://thegoodlifeproject.com yet? Somewhat aligned. Another site huh? Wow! I commend you for the chutzpa. Cheers.
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Craig McBreen June 25, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Yes, but I need to get back. It’s changed quite a bit since I was there last. Thanks for the reminder!

It will be a ton of work, but it’s going to be fun. Thanks, Sir!

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Margie Clayman June 25, 2013 at 4:15 am

Hi Craig,

I know you love it when I argue with you, but alas…I just absolutely love this post. It’s pretty nigh perfect :)
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Craig McBreen June 25, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Hi Margie,

Bummer! Actually I don’t like to argue at all, I just think everyone is entitled to my opinion ;) Just kidding and THANK YOU!!

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Laura Click June 25, 2013 at 5:09 am

Couldn’t agree more with you, friend. There is so much more to life than fretting about many of the things we do. People and experiences matter. Taking time to enjoy both is critical to happiness. Looking forward to seeing what you’ve got up your sleeve!
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Craig McBreen June 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Hi Laura,

Thanks and here’s to no fretting the hours away.

Stay tuned, I’ll be writing about it quite a bit in the coming months.

Thanks for stopping in!

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Frithjof June 25, 2013 at 6:35 am

Hi!
I’m not quite sure how to find the signup link on the mobile version but your post makes me want to know more!
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Craig McBreen June 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm

If you disable your mobile theme you should be able to do it. (I will be redesigning this site too, so it’s responsive).

If that doesn’t work DM me and I’ll hook you up.

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Kenna Griffin June 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Wow. You made me think. You also made me start a “bucket list” of sorts. I didn’t put crazy things on there. I only put things on there I can actually accomplish. Now I need to turn them into goals and actions. Thanks for spurring me to take a reflective look.
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Craig McBreen June 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Hi Kenna,

Well, that IS cool! And I like the way you think … things you can actually accomplish.

Glad I was able to spark that in you. Thanks for stopping in, always great to see you here!

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Adrienne June 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I couldn’t agree with you more Craig.

Live in the present moment and enjoy the living hell out of every darn second. None of us are promised 5 minutes from now so if you’re not doing what you love and enjoying the heck out of it then you better find that special something to help you get your groove back.

I’m definitely not a perfect person (I know, you’re shocked) but I do my best to have a darn good attitude every single day. I think it’s so important with your overall attitude about life, business, just things in general. I know for a fact I’m a very happy person and I also know that my attitude has a lot to do with that.

Wow another blog. You’re brave but I’m eager to see what you’ll be sharing so I’ll just sit by and stay tuned.

Good luck!

~Adrienne
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Craig McBreen June 26, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Hi Adrienne,

Indeed! :)

I’m the furthest from perfect, but that doesn’t stop me from having a good attitude, or at least a “can do” attitude every day. They don’t always work out, but that’s life. But part of being happy is pushing through the tough spots, otherwise you’re toast.

Yes, another blog and I’m really looking forward to it. Thanks so much for stopping in and the kind words. Yes, stay tuned ;)

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Michael Chibuzor June 26, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Hmm, what a wonderful post Craig. I’ve never commented on your blog, even though I came through from TheSalesLion. To live more, we must appreciate the interesting things that lives bring. Working hard is good, but it should never come in between our joy, family, learning, loving etc.

I hope you’ll love my first comment here.
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Craig McBreen June 27, 2013 at 9:44 am

Hi Michael,

Thank you!

It’s a combination, and to me, hard work is part of it, but it’s the way I’m wired :)

I love your comment and really appreciate you stopping in!

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Farouk July 5, 2013 at 7:37 am

No matter how short the story of the fighter is, it is always inspiring. Thank you for your cheerfulness that inspires us all.
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Craig McBreen July 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Hi Farouk,

You’re most welcome, Sir. This is a project I’m very excited about.

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Amit@meetuplife July 30, 2013 at 6:45 am

Your blog is so much inspiring. When you mentioned about the cancer patient I just thought about my mother. She is also not keeping well these days but still she always has smile on her face so that our work does not get affected because of her
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Craig McBreen July 30, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Thanks, Amit, and sorry about your mother. Had to deal with that and my father a few years ago.

Appreciate you coming by.

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Stephen Lahey April 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm

You seem like a pretty humble guy, and I doubt that you toot your own horn very often. But you’re an exceptional communicator, Craig. If your podcast is anything like you blog, then I’ll be listening on a regular basis.
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Craig McBreen April 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Hey Stephen,

Not much for bragging, that’s for sure. Thanks for the kind words and the support! I’m getting closer and will be rolling this puppy out soon :)

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