There has been a lot of talk about “Firsts” lately. What does “First” really mean?
So, I got to thinking…
As far as achievement, I believe “First” is a milestone. For example, “first” steps, “first” car, “first” words.
Merriam – Webster dictionary defined the adjective of “First” as: coming before all others in time, order, or importance (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/first)
“Firsts” can, also, perhaps, encourage others and provide examples to others on how they can move forward and achieve, too. I believe motivating others and encouraging others is truly important. I believe it’s our personal responsibility to strive and grow and to help others do the same.
“Firsts” are definitely important, but are they the MOST important? “Firsts” can provide people a vision to build upon and then to achieve beyond what was “first”.
Throughout the development of the concepts behind the Time to Play Foundation, I have come to realize and believe that everyone has something to offer that can help someone else. I say all the time that we are all not going to be “Oprah” – Oprah is Oprah and we are ourselves — but imagine if we each contributed a tiny bit… if we each used a little of our gifts, expertise and personal power to move things forward, to make our communities better, to reach out and help another. Imagine the impact this could make. If all of the “regular” people really worked together…
I believe moving forward and making things happen is incredibly important, and do not believe that we, as a whole, have an ability to stay stagnant. People have incredible imaginations. At this point in my life I do not believe that anything anyone can come up with is impossible. I think that if you dream it, you can do it. Look at the 3-D printer – who can even believe such a thing is possible? Look at how far technology and modern conveniences have come in just the recent past. Our grandparents would not even believe it.
This brings me back towards achievement, motivation and “Firsts”.
Personally, I believe “Bests” are even more important.
Think about it. If you put an ad in the local newspaper to watch your children or your dog, would you hire the “First” person that answers the ad or the “Best” to be able to take care of your prized possession?
Would you put your money in the “First” bank you drive to or the “Best” and most responsible?
Would you have an operation with the “First” doctor you visited or the “Best” to perform the surgery?
These are a few things just to get you thinking. We have to be careful and responsible with our personal choices. We have to research and we have to trust that we make the right decisions for all things that affect our lives and the lives of our children.
“First” or “Best” can make a dramatic difference. “Firsts” give us a starting point that provides us with the fuel to create “Bests”.
Today, look at what you are and what you have achieved… then look at what is your passion.
We have all accomplished “firsts”. Let’s continue to strive and grow. We can have the “BEST” life ever.
Just imagine the possibilities.
After all, it is time to enjoy life. It is Time to Play.
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Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC is a board certified healthcare executive, a certified social and emotional intelligence coach, certified professional life coach, the founder of the Time to Play Foundation, a 501c3 not for profit corporation inspiring everyone to enjoy life and author of If I Knew Then What I Know Now, Our Quest for Quality of Life. The concept behind time to Play and the Time to Play Foundation was absolutely created out of LOVE. Please see http://www.timetoplay.com/ for more information.