Are You Living Life in a Pinball Machine?

Most people live life in a pinball machine. They make a small push, and then wait until life falls within reach again. Pinball’s an iconic game, but not meant to be a way of life.

Are You Living Life in a Pinball Machine?

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In pinball, most of the game is beyond your control. You provide a small push at the start, and then you watch the ball bounce from one obstacle to the next until it falls within the reach of your levers. Then, you give it another push and wait until it falls back again.

That’s how most people live life right now.

I’m privileged to be leading a workshop at OCF‘s Summer Leadership Institute this year, our premier leadership training retreat for new student leaders at the national level within the organization.

Date: August 13, 2014
Time: 5:00 PM
Event: Summer Leadership Institute
Topic: The Demands of World-Changing Leadership
Sponsor: Orthodox Christian Fellowship
Venue: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Location: Dallas, TX

Eliminate “Bored” From Your Vocabulary

You see the guy in this picture? He’s bored. You can see it all over his face. Boredom is a terrible thing. The word seems fairly harmless at first, but the meaning is far more sinister.

How To Eliminate "Bored" From Your Vocabulary

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Oxford Dictionaries defines bored as:

Feeling weary because one is unoccupied or lacks interest in one’s current activity.

Think about it. When you say “I’m bored,” your effectively saying “I’m spending time without any meaningful purpose. I’m doing nothing, or doing something I care little about.”

Boredom is exhausting, and boredom is a waste of precious, irreplaceable time.