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It’s Not Just the Car I Drive

October 22, 2014

Essentialism is a book I first heard about on The Wharton School of Business channel on SiriusXM Radio.  The author was a fascinating interview, and his writings are even better.

Oddly enough, he quotes John Maxwell in Essentialism.  John is a former pastor in the Wesleyan tradition who has sold several million books and is now a motivational speaker and business consultant.  I’ve been reading and listening to him since way back when he was still pastoring a church.

“You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything,” Essentialism quotes John as saying.  Harsh?  Trite?  Or accurate?  Your call.

Meanwhile, Essentialism‘s premise and that fascinating John Maxwell line have been haunting me for quite a while now.

“You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything” reminds me that Focus is more than the car I drive.

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  1. I was so intent on the message, going so far as to read up on Essentialism and refreshing myself with John Maxwell (I have a couple of his books) when I came to the quote. I was formulating this awesome reply and then BAM, I was laughing uncontrollably. We both drive Focuses? I bet mine is older than yours is and has fewer miles than yours does! (How juvenile of me!)

    Back to “You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.” In the worst experiences of my life, that is the hugest understatement ever! When I think of the word “everything”, a word they teach in writing classes to edit out of any serious publishing article, I think of every material possession in the world. In the scheme of both faith and human emotion, material items fall far below the radar. When faced with a crisis of faith, waving the paid car title at God, as an appeasement garnering relief of the blinding pain, will get us no further than sending written blessings to the loan company in lieu of a payment would have paid off the car. It is imperative to gather our blessings to us, those intangibles, remembering that the every things aren’t the essentials.

    Is what I just wrote that camel through the needle thing from last week again?


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