Take time to breathe in all life has to offer!

We are busier than we have ever been.
We love being busy.
We are proud of our busy.

Up early, no time for breakfast, off to the office. 
10 hours straight of meetings, calls, whatever.
Hit the clock, out the door, sit in traffic. 
Get home, grab little Johnny, get back into the car, soccer practice you know.
Grocery store, post office, gas station. 
Back home, a quick bite to eat, Netflix, football, youtube, whatever.
Bed late, wiped out, unable to sleep...

Did you talk to my kids today for more than 2 min? Did you connect with your spouse, what did you actually do all day while you ran around frantically from one thing to the next?

Fall asleep, then do it again.

Why? Why do we fill our schedules with so much; do we really believe the badge of busyness worn so proudly is as wonderful as we make it out to be?

Why do we do all the things? Why do we fill all the minutes?

It's time we spent more time with those we care about. It's time we slow down, it's time we embrace the simple joys in life and take some much needed deep breaths. 

Who are those you work so hard for? Who are those that drive you to get up every day going at it with 110%? Who are those you would risk your life, give your life for?

Start spending that time WITH them, not just FOR them. Trust me little Johnny would much rather have that time with his dad, then the shiny new bike. Yes, little Johnny might be too young now to realize it, he might even tell you he would rather have the bike, but geez, did you forget little Johnny is 7? He doesn't yet know the value, the sacrifice, the joy of long walks in crisp evenings holding hands and talking about life's wonders, little Johnny is only 7 once, no second chances at 7.

He needs you to teach him, he needs you to teach yourself.

Not as soon as you get the promotion, as soon as the project is done, as soon as we move to the new house, or buy the new car. 

Now, freaking RIGHT now, you and little Johnny both need it now.

Onward, 

Chris Behnke

Inspiration from the Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIBGUzDgnRa/

Take time to breathe in all life has to offer! #behnkeadventures #laketahoe #purpose #tahoe #entrepreneurlife

Life needs not be so complicated

We have a "way" don't we? A way of taking even the simplest things in life and "complicating" them to the point of difficulty and struggle. 

Why do we do this?

Why do we take beautifully simple things and make them hard? Why do we brush off simple joys in life as nonimportant, or not significant?

There are many reasons for sure, often though, it's as simple as guilt. 

Our entire culture is built upon guilt. 

Guilt for eating that cake
Guilt for sleeping in
Guilt for getting up early
Guilt for taking that vacation
Guilt for skipping that vacation
Guilt Guilt Guilt

So, often times when we start to feel joy in something simple like a field of flowers, the laughter of children, lyrics of a song, we feel guilty.

You might feel I'm overstating it, I'm not. 

Why do we avoid our children by working zillion hours to earn enough extra money to buy them toys or Disneyland trips, so they'll be happy?

Do you not think they would find more joy and happiness if instead, you spent that time with them, talking with them, going on walks with them, playing games with them, taking them to coffee and skipped the "things" they'll never play with?

My littlest child is 7 in this picture, her name is Mercedes. She is a very small person, with a very big heart. She has been teaching me many lessons of joy in these last 7 years. Her laughter, bluntness, compassion, energy, and priorities have been an incredible teacher to me. 

I'm learning to enjoy little things more, to embrace small moments, and share simple memories. I'm learning the "grandness" of an experience is more about the people, laughter, and togetherness, than it is about the location or rating on trip advisor.

It's time to start enjoying the simple things, life needs NOT be so complicated. 

Onward, 

Chris Behnke

Inspiration from the Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIDC5JdADOJ/

Life needs not be so complicated

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Reach beyond what's easy

It's right there. The easy choice is always right there, ready to be grasped.

It always seems to present itself as the obvious choice, the easy choice, which for many makes it the "right choice."

Except it's rarely the best choice. Sometimes yes, the easy choice IS the right choice, but it's not often. 

Starting that business - NOT easy.
Taking that class - NOT easy.
Teaching that class - NOT easy.
Having that difficult conversation - NOT easy.
Quitting that job - NOT easy.
Writing that book - NOT easy.
Making that life change - NOT easy.

But they are the right decisions, the best decisions.

I have found over and over in life the very best things are usually the most difficult.

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I'll admit, at times this truth is discouraging. Why does it have to be this way, why can't the "right choice" be the "easy choice?"

No clue, I wish it was that way too...  

But, it's not, so deal with it. 

Seriously though, it's not that way. Being honest when it hurts you, holding yourself to a higher standard of ethics and morality, taking that leap of faith to do what needs to be done, or say what needs to be said. NEVER the easy path.

Why do it?

Well, most don't. That's one good reason TO make the hard choices. You'll be with good company and a small few. 

It's also the right thing. Life is not meant to be easy, by the time you're five years old you've figured out that life's not fair either. 

Doing what's right, is about DOING WHAT'S RIGHT. More often than not, you'll have a chance to cut some corners, to let those ethics slide just a bit, and no one will be the wiser. 

Except YOU will. You pride yourself on being someone that you can count on, someone that people can and do depend on. Why don't you hold yourself to your own standard? 

It's time to reach beyond what is easy, it's time to take the risks you should be taking, keeping the promises you should be keeping, making the hard, but right decisions.

Onward, 

Chris Behnke

Inspiration from the Instagram Post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIEWowKAf40/

Reach beyond what's easy. 

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Find your purpose hidden deep inside and embrace it

It's hard to find. It's clouded by perception. It's looked over by comparison. It's missed by distraction. It's passed over by misunderstanding. 

We don't look inside to understand our purpose. 

We look outside; we look at our neighbors, our devices, our televisions. 

We measure ourselves to standards of fake posts from perfect lives. We evaluate ourselves, and we don't stand up. 

We fall short, VERY short of what "should be." 

Look at them; they have it together, they have it dialed. The overnight success, the perfect marriages, the wonderful children, the accomplishments, successes, and triumphs. 

We adopt.

We adopt someone else's purpose, it looks so sweet when they wear it. Look at what they have done, what they have, who they are. We should do that, it worked for them. 

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Except, it didn't work for them, at least not in the way you may perceive it. It's never an overnight success, the marriage is never perfect, and the children are never flawless. It's just not how life works, it's not how people are.

Not only that but even it if it DID work for them, they are NOT you. YOU are you. 

You are unique, you have unique skills, talents, experience and wisdom. 

We need you to be you, you need you to be you, your family and friends need you to be you. We need what you have, we need your passion to come out.

You DO have a purpose, it's amazing, and it's you, and we all need that. 

It's time to stop trying to be "them," time to start being you. You might now know right now, it might be hard to find, and it might very well take a while. 

Look deep inside, it's probably hidden, you'll have to look hard, but please find it. Find your purpose, embrace it, and take this life head on.

Onward, 

Chris Behnke

Inspiration from the Instagram Post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIGpwacgtlM/

Find your #purpose hidden deep inside and embrace it. 
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