This Friday I was fortunate to finish my course I was attending and able to fly back home. I didn’t want to waste my time, so I bought a book and finished it on the flight. The book Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World, is small and only 130 pages, so it only takes about an hour to read through it all. It was written by Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired).
A small background of Admiral McRaven: He served in the Navy from 1977-2014. His last assignment was commander of United States Special Operations Command. He served as a Navy SEAL officer and references his training throughout his book. In 2014, when he retired he was honored to address the graduating class at the University of Texas, his Alma Mater. His speech went viral with over 10 million views and so he decided to write a book over this speech.
In the book he writes about 10 lessons he learned in Navy SEAL training that stayed with him for the rest of his life. I’ll provide you with a couple here and hopefully you read the book for yourself.
What you do when you first wake up, will dictate how the rest of your day will go. So start by making your bed. “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. If, at the end of the day, you feel like you were unsuccessful with your day, you will come home to an already made bed.” This task sounds so simple, yet so many people fail to accomplish this first task of the day. We get up, race to work and forget to make the bed. We have an unproductive and stressful day, come home and have to make the bed. Sometimes we don’t make the bed at all and get in a messy bed. It feels amazing to get into a clean and fresh bed.
“We will all find ourselves neck deep in mud someday. That is the time to sing loudly, to smile broadly, to lift up those around you and give them hope that tomorrow will be a better day.” We all go through rough patches in our life, but we will all get through it. At the time it seems like an impossible task, that we will never get through the problems, but eventually we all do. You just need to have faith, smile and persevere.
What is a book you have read recently that you thoroughly enjoyed or changed your life? If you’re not reading and gaining knowledge and learning something new each day, what’s you excuse?