Don’t Be A Bean Counter


The other day I was thinking about how I have a strong tendency to give things away as soon as I get them. This has translated to concepts and revelations, epiphanies and the like as social media’s influence tempts us to “think” in posts, blogs, tweets, etc. And so I was pondering how I need to adjust my responses accordingly.

Just after thinking on that compulsion in need of correction, I had the idiom come to mind: “Don’t be a bean counter.” Hmm, strange yet it seemed pronounced and possibly like a God message. So, I considered the meaning and decided to consult with my friend Google on it. (One thing that God knows about me is that I am very curious when it comes to words and sayings, I often go about hunting for them like a lost two carat diamond.) As I was assured I understood the meaning of the phrase I thought, “…hmm, shall I write something about it?”

And then I remembered my previous pondering and considered, “Maybe not. Maybe it’s for you, Annette.”

A bean counter is usually attributed to an astute and obsessive accountant or one doing such work. It also has references to doing meaningless things that consume time without much reward.

I am a cross between being a laissez-faire, laid back type and a “getter-done” revolutionary type. I know I always, and I mean always have something to do—some kind of work, organizing, my own concept developing, or at least cooking, cleaning, yard work, etc. Most of you do as well.

Yet, I am at a new place. A place that says, “let’s do what is important, skip some of the bean counting, and give myself permission to just be, to dream, to think,  etc. And, by doing so I believe I will actually be more productive and a greater creative force in my work.

This year I want to bust out a bunch of things. I LOVE MY WORK! I love getting to help people bump out their dreams and visions in conceptual and practical ways. But a person needs time to chill as well.

I’ve mentioned this before, but it is a good thing to take in particular information every day, like solid news, what’s happening in one’s industry, things that inspire, the Word of God, etc. But it is equally as important to take time to think, pray, listen, and dream—and to allow yourself to do something with what comes forth from those meditative times.

Without an excess of hours to do so, like we may imagine the great thinkers such as Plato, lazing around pondering thoughts through to completion, thinking his big mathematical thoughts, presenting and debating, etc.–you may ask, “How, or when?”

How about if we go grab some beans, count out 1,440 and see how many we can gift to ourselves, to dream, think, be still, pray, and listen.

Black, pinto, kidney, garbanzo, or ?—I suggest dried, not canned.


What Are You Feeding Your Dream?


It seems that we all need to be reminded of somethings over and over again or maybe we just need to hear it from different voices. Below is an important reminder about realizing your dreams.

What are you feeding your dream?
You aren’t starving it are you? 

In our information age it is easy to access great information, and a lot of it for no charge. Of course there are books, publications, seminars, colleges, and web-based educational opportunities—and the list goes on of ways to learn and grow.

There are other ways we feed ourselves as well.  Chiefly by what we entertain in our mind and those we entertain in our physical presence. What we entertain will determine what we do—and especially what we think we can do—attitude and faith. Fear of failure or what others think can immobilize us. And who we entertain will, even subtly so, pressure us to go ways that are often counter to our dream or vision.

How about we fill up with good information that will equip us to move forward? And, how about we make sure to spend time with those who affirm who we are and what we are called to do? This doesn’t mean that everyone we around has to be your cheerleader and have 100% confidence that you can walk the tight rope over Niagara Falls. Others don’t always have that ability to believe along with us (maybe for some good reasonsJ), but, will they allow us to try by not scoffing?

Each of us should take some time everyday to educate and motivate ourselves towards our dream. We can acknowledge we aren’t where we need to be yet or, are not meant to be yet—but we can still prepare and indulge ourselves in the things that we are passionate about.

Even a quick stop to fuel up is beneficial. A mere measly five minutes per day spent soaking up a paragraph on your topic will add up to more than a couple of hours a month.

What fuels your vision and what would be good for it—and you?

And, did the cheeseburger and fries make you hungry? Just having some fun…