Thursday, February 9, 2012

ROL: Show Up.

ROL (Return on Life) is derived from the metric ROI (Return on Investment). Just as changes (hopefully small) to investment increase profitability (hopefully disproportionately larger than the increase in investment), small incremental changes in behavior can greatly increase QOL (Quality of Life). This week's ROI is about showing up.
"I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at 9 o'clock every morning."  - Peter De Vries
I Love My Blog.
I'm proud that I've been blogging to a regular schedule for the past 4+ months. It's been a challenge because I'm trying to limit my blogging time. I'm unplugging more often to be a better family member. Then life happens (stuff more important than blogging) and there isn't much time to blog. It's become challenging to post as regularly as I would like to post. I also question whether I'm actually offering anything worth blogging. Then I recall the quote from Peter DeVries and I blog on.
Even When My Blog Is Ordinary.
It's not always a life-changing post, but not every post can be The Great American Blog Post. Also I don't know what effect I might have on my readers. If I only post when I feel the post will be incredible I lessen the chance of writing an incredible post or of anyone reading an incredible post because no one knows when I'll be posting. Therefore, there is tremendous value is blogging regularly, even if the post isn't going to change the world.
I Love My Friends and Family, Too.
It's the same those I love. My loved ones may need me for issues momentous, mundane, general or specific. I may feel I have great value to offer my loved ones. Or, I may have nothing at all to offer my loved ones. The greatest value lies in showing up. Being there matters and matters more than what I bring with me.

Do you agree or disagree? Have you ever been in a situation where your presence (or the presence of another) has been transformative? Please share your story.


  1. I think, no I KNOW, my family would like me to unplug more often. Good for you actually doing it. I'm still a work in progress...

    1. Jessica,
      I commiserate with you. Unplugging is extremely difficult. I have compensated with the blog by blogging tighter, but as I type this I'm on my laptop for the 1st time in 48 hours. My social media suffers as I haven't allocated time to be social. Still, when my days are through my kids won't care if I was a great blogger or a social media whiz. My kids will care that more often than not I found time for them. Keep on working; we're all works in progress. And thanks so much for stopping by and joining the tribe. Madcity rocks.

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    1. Pamela,
      It's extremely difficult to showcase my brilliance with a thorough response when the only thing I can do is agree with you. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.