Admiral McRaven – or the magic inherent in order, routine and duty.
The sentence that I always wanted to think myself
You can not blame me for a fancy taste. Especially in men. I like her tall and slim, with dark hair, for some time I like gray-eyed almost better, with an angular narrow face and, what good is it to talk around it, also very much in dress uniform.
In the meantime, I am open to my average and antediluvian preferences, from which I let myself be guided privately as far as possible.
It is only a logical consequence of my simple appetite behavior that I join the line of countless admirers of William H. McRaven, former US Navy admiral. This man is the incarnate key charm, quite an officer and gentleman, and one feels at his sight right back in 1982 as in the movies, last row with Heiner C., who looked almost as good as Richard Gere. And then Admiral McRaven says in a lecture in front of students at the University of Texas exactly the sentence that I always wanted to think:
If you want to change the world, start by making your bed.
I do not think you need more than that. It took a damn long time until I understood.
In the first half of my life, I confused order with laziness, routine with boredom, and duty with effort. Now I know that duties only rob you of energy when you do not do it or you are completely disgusted with it.
Small step, big effect
I would be very grateful if Mr McRaven could come by our house at home, and he does not have to be long, like in uniform, to deliver his message personally to my sons. I suspect that the adolescent, in general, is more impressed by the life experience of a highly decorated Marine, than by Mama’s often shrill statements.
“It’s the little things that count in life,” the dashing gentleman would say as his gaze glides over the beds in the nursery. “If you do not do the little things right, you will not be able to get the big ones right, make your bed, and you will have fulfilled the first task of the day, you will feel a little proud and encouraged, to tackle another task – and one more and one more. “
The beneficial power of routine
I’ve come to appreciate them, the power that emanates from the first routine moves of the day. Make bed, school bread, back exercise, take out garbage. How wonderful, if you have already done something behind. It can go on like this. And if it does not continue? If you have a miserable day, if nothing works and you unlock the door with zero self-confidence in the evening?
“Then you come home, and the bed is made of you, and a made bed gives you hope that the next day will be a better day,” William H. McRaven would say, closing the door softly behind him. And then we would make our beds and start changing the world.