Take your medicine!

Thor didn’t want to take his medicine this morning!

All of the other dogs LOVE the Bravecto Chews they all get every 3 months, but not Thor! Bravecto is an awesome Tick and Flea medicine that makes the dogs toxic to those pests . . . A necessity if you’re gonne be a cannine in #OwenHollow because without, the dog becomes mass transaportation from outdoors to indoors for these critters.

I haven’t tasted the chew – Looks like chocolate. This morning, I diced it and mixed it with bacon fat microwaved for 15 seconds to liquify it, and . . . Thor STILL didn’t want to eat it.

I think Thor is smarter than all the other dogs – He knows that strange chew is MEDICINE, so he doesn’t want it. I don’t think he doesn’t like the taste . . . He’s being obstinate – Just doesn’t want to take his medicine even as I try to convince him that THIS is GOOD for him.

Many of us humans are just like Thor. We don’t like to take our medicine even though we know that swallowing that medicine will keep up healthy and protect us from harm.

Some of the “Medicine” we avoid:

  • Being willing to be held accountable on a regular (Weekly) basis
  • Taking care of our Self (Eating right – Exercise – Meditate – Pray – Count blessings – Gratitude)
  • Showing up for “scheduled Maintenance” (Annual Physical, Eye, Dental exams)
  • Scheduling BREAKS – Days off – Vacations
  • Claiming “enough” self-time
  • Knowing the 20% Vital Few things in our lives and attending to them first every day
  • Doing the lead generation necessary to create the business that will fund our desired Lifestyle

I’m certain I’ve missed some things . . . you can add your own _________________________

Quit being so obstinate and take your medicine!

The power of Curiosity

We learn by asking: “Why?”

We learned this as children beginning as soon as we had the capacity to communicate.

For the first several years of our lives, we questioned darn near everything.

As we “matured”, our curiosity waned, and our questioning of: “Why?” started happening less.


Was it that we were getting “full”, and there wasn’t room in our brains for more information? Maybe it’s true that we humans only use 10% our brains, so we run out of space up there at an early age.

Here’s an article that busts that myth – Do People Only Use 10 Percent of Their Brains?

To some degree, I believe we have been taught not to be so curious . . . that it’s, in some way, inappropriate to question Why.

“Formal Education” is one culprit . . . in addition to some parents silencing children when they ask too many whys.


Let’s unlearn this prohibition of “Why” and see what happens.

I think this’ll get more people in useful dialog.

Hmmm . . . deeper conversations . . . seeking to understand . . . less conflict due to miscommunication.

Unshackle your “Why” now!

Rediscover this Brave new world of curiosity!

Drip – Drip – Drip

Consistent and persistent contact pays huge dividends IF the messages are relevant and deliver value.

My ActiveRain Blog page Lifetime Stats: 2564 Blog Posts – 3,311,821 Views – 450 Followers

WOW! That’s a LOT of “content”, and it didn’t get there over night. I add a post (almost) every working day.

BarrysDriveTime.com has 350 short (6-16 minute) videos – Yep! I add one every day as I do my morning commute.

My primary Blogsite BarryOwensBlog.com, is where I write almost everything I publish . . . and I republish most of that content on Facebook and Linkedin . . . Over time, this daily rhythm accumulates to be a veritable mountain of information.

Truthfully, a percentage of what I post ain’t pretty or insightful or useful, but that’s OK because no-one is required to read it and/or like what they read.

Often, I’ll cringe as I hit the “publish” button because I feel like what I wrote is garbage . . . Interestingly some of these “garbage posts” are the ones that get “featured” with lots of positive comments.

I cannot worry about all that.

I write every day for lots of reasons . . . It helps awaken my brain each morning . . . It’s part of my routine – my rhythm . . . If I miss a day, I’m “off-center” for the whole day.

I hope that the people who read these stories and musings find some value in the messages.

Here’s the kicker! I don’t write these to become famous.

I don’t write these to generate new business.

Sure! It’s back there in my mind that this consistent drip will (and does) lead to business opportunities, but that’s not the “why”.

Gary Keller said once that everyone who knows you as a REALTOR forgets that you are a REALTOR every 21 days . . . They don’t forget you as a person . . . they forget you as a REALTOR.

THIS is why sometimes, some of the people closest to us don’t do business with us.

They weren’t choosing not to do business with you . . . It’s just that there was this other REALTOR standing in front of them when they decided to make a move . . . and they “forgot” that they should call YOU.

It’s not their fault!

This is YOUR fault because you didn’t . . .

DRIP – Drip – Drip at least every 21 days (Drips can be a combination of direct mail, email, text, phone call, or that old fashioned thing called meeting just because occasionally)

Psssst . . . While I’m reminding . . . Pareto Realty is seeking motivated REALTORS in Middle TN to join our “Vital Few” team . . . If you’re a REALTOR committed to selling 1 (or more) houses EVERY month, you might be a great candidate.

Let’s talk!


Why are you here?

The invitation popped into my in-box, and the topic piqued my curiosity.

I checked my calendar and confirmed that the day and time was doable, and I registered to attend.

At that moment of my choosing to register, the topic resonated with me.

As the event neared, I received a reminder email and was starting to have some reservations.

Who else will be there?

I’ve never heard of this presenter . . . Will attending this be worth the time and inconvenience invested?

I’m feeling less resonant with the topic . . . It’s been a tumuluous couple of weeks, and I can think of a few hundred other things I could be doing instead of this.

Right on the edge of deciding not to attend, that evil little pixie who dwells in my conscience began whispering in my ear. She said things like:

YOU committed to being there, so you MUST show up!

You NEED a break regardless of the quality of the event.

If you go, you WILL learn something new . . . at least ONE thing (even if it’s a learning of something you do NOT want to do).

You WILL be in the presence of lots of other people you know or don’t know (yet) . . . The right people will be there to connect with you.

The excruciating truth is that my inner pixie is never wrong.

She’s such a know-it-all and she’s always SO quick to say “I told ya so!” when I’m leaving the event refreshed.

Whatever you do . . . listen to your inner pixie . . . and show up, be present, follow your heart, tell the truth, and let go of expectations.

Life isn’t nearly as complicated as we humans make it, is it?

Just for perspective, I thought I would share an encounter I had this morning in my driveway.

You learned how to do this at a VERY early age.

Your parents set clearly defined boundaries, and you immediately began “testing” those boundaries.

At first, your parents might not have noticed your sly rule breaking, and when they did notice, their reaction potentially set a precedent that would stay with you for your entire life.

If they laughed and said it was was cute, “but don’t do that again!” . . .

Perhaps they put you in time out – or spanked you – or took away privileges.

“You’ve just lost your ice cream treat this afternoon!”

Whatever the consequences, you likely tested again.

Was the result the same . . . or different?

Next, you might test Daddy’s tolerance for this rule infraction?

Was his response consistent with Mom’s?

Way back then, you were learning how to break the rules.

It’s been said that “rules are made to be broken” . . . That’s certainly true for toddlers.

It’s also true for us adults.

Give an inch, and we’ll take a mile, eh?

July 1, 2019 the state of Tennessee enacted a new law. NO driver can touch a cell phone with any part of their body while operating a motorized vehicle. I have seen MANY drivers holding their phones in the past 2 weeks. These adults are “testing” the authorities. This is gambling as if you’re a 2 year old.

Let’s break this rule and see what happens. If we are “rewarded” by no punishment, we’re likely to continue to do it just as we are so willing to exceed the speed limit and roll through stop signs.

This is the mentality that: “It’s OK to break the rules as long as you don’t get caught.”
So . . . If you’ll do this rule breaking while driving, will you also do so in other parts of your life?

Will you cheat on taxes or sneak forbidden food while on a diet or set goals and say you completed them when you haven’t?

I’ll admit to being “guilty as charged” occasionally.

Here’s the kicker . . . I ALWAYS know when I’m bending (Breaking) the rules (so do you) . . . a few years ago, I decided this is not OK because of the “precedent mindset” that gave me permission to fudge occasionally, so I upped my game of committing not to comprise MY standards . . . and I affirm every morning that I will always do the right thing and will always listen to that little voice of awareness that tells me I’m on the dge of acting like a 2 year old.