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Justin Gardner .NET, T-SQL and Reporting Services Developer

I have a pretty clear stance on posting personal information in my blogs. I tend to avoid it almost instinctively. Part of that is because I am a somewhat private person. And the other is because I know how easy it is for personal information to be gathered and collected from sources such as blogs.

So, this has remained a tech only blog for me. I've only posted topics mostly related to issues I have encountered at work. In a way this blog is a 'bookmark' for me. If I post something here and run into the issue again it allows me to refer back to a convenient place where the 'fix' is documented in a way that I understand.

But today, I am posting something that speaks to everyone. Something PERSONAL. Honestly, I expect this entry to receive zero views. But if nothing else, I can come back to this blog one day when I'm having a bad day or something and run across this post. And I will be reminded...

DON'T FORGET TO ENJOY LIFE. Say this to yourself out loud, right now. People, we can get caught up in some rather mundane details as we trek through life. It's so easy to lose track of what really matters that it should be no surprise to find yourself reading something like this and thinking to yourself 'Yeah. You are right, man. Some of this crap I'm clinging on to right now is so small in the grand scheme of things'.

I have no reservation, no shame, in saying that I am more often than not caught up in the ever evolving world of 'shit that does not matter'. When you work in technology, you are surrounded by deadlines, upgrades, new versions, support 'end of life', etc.

And by time you get done with your 8 hours you go home and put in a few more because you are STILL CAUGHT UP in the things you dealt with at work all day.

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR. DO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIEND A FAVOR. When you are done for the day, and you drive home, get those work-related things out of your head before you pull into the driveway. If you are still thinking on them when you park the car, leave the engine running, close your eyes and take a deep breath. If you believe in God, pray. If you don't then meditate for a second with the INTENTION of letting go of the day and becoming the 'real you'. You may have forgotten who the real you is so I'll remind you.... THE REAL YOU IS THAT GUY OR GAL THAT LAUGHS, LOVES, AND LIVES.

Be the real you as often as possible. If you can't do it during your 9 - 5, do it at home. YOUR RELATIONSHIPS AND YOUR PERSONAL HAPPINESS DEPEND ON IT.

I am going to make you a promise right now. If you do what I've just said, your days will be longer and your joy will be exponential. I can't explain why I know this to be true. But I do know it. And if you are there reading this right now, you know it is true too. We both know it is true because it COMES FROM WITHIN EVERY MAN, WOMAN and CHILD.

We are born into love and happiness. Lets not fade away into the darkness so easily found in this world. Lets keep the flame burning. The flame of passion. Passion for LIFE.

Peace be with you.

Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010 5:57 PM | Back to top

Comments on this post: Don't Forget To Enjoy Life

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You expected zero views but still here I am.
You're completely right.
Even if it's nothing new in what you say we always forget to respect this simple rule that you promoted with your title.
Thank you for reminding me this.
Left by LastShadow on Apr 16, 2010 3:42 AM

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Hear hear; bravo; amen, etc. Us technical types are way to much in the weeds sometimes.
Left by Justin Martin on Oct 07, 2010 5:32 PM

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Justin it´s Sunday afternoon and I'm fighting against NULL values and blank spaces.
I will take a walk.

Left by D on Sep 30, 2012 2:23 PM

# RE: Don't Forget To Enjoy Life
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Well said... I would add this, "Use technology for your convenience on your terms, don't be a slave to it".

Now I'm going to bookmark this so I can remind myself on a regular basis

Thx :)
Left by Greg on Jan 08, 2013 11:36 AM

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