Building A Better Tom

I’ve been thinking a lot about the things I want to do, and the improvements I want to make, so let’s talk about that for a minute. I’m not sure I can do that in 400 words or less, like I promised, but I’ll try. Those 18 words didn’t help. Neither did those 5. Or those 4.

Okay, stop that.

In so thinking, about Tom being Tom, I’ve been looking over previous documents. I took a good honest look at my homemade Quality of Life scale. On the scale, I’ve basically been in the 90th percentile of personal contentment for about two years now. That’s the best it’s ever been. Some of that has come from incredibly good fortune. Most of it, though, has come from making a conscious decision to focus on what I can control, realizing what can be done to improve any aspect that is lacking, and following through.

So simple a dog could do it.

But, just like any good canine, we can only stay on track with our good behavior and good intentions as long as we are reminded what they are. For Ludo, it takes Daddy or Mrs C to do the reminding. For Tom, there is only Tom.

This morning, in my quarterly QoL update, I scored a disappointing but honest 75%. That’s still a pretty happy guy, a guy who is 75% content. For most, that would be just fine. But not for Tom. Not for happy-go-lucky, delight-in-life, fool-in-the-rain, get-that-stupid-smile-off-your-face Tom.

No sir.

The good news is, I know from experience – and from the spreadsheet – what is lacking. I know what I can do about it. I know that when my Health rating gets a 2 (NI, needs improvement) it’s because I’ve taken, like, 4 walks in 2017.  My push-ups stopped when I finished the challenge. I’m eating heavier lunches than I used to, and my beer count is a bit high. I control all that; I can fix all that. In fact, looking at the scale, there are 3 or 4 factors I can fix almost immediately that would spring my personal satisfaction rating right back into the 90th percentile.

See, and you thought I was just another pretty face. 😉 I’m introspective and self-improving, too!

There’s more I can say on the subject, and I probably will. But not today.

That’s 417 words. Pretty close. I would have made it without those nonsense sentences in the first paragraph. And this one here.

Have a great day, my friends. Never stop looking inside for answers, and never, never, ever stop improving. 🙂

Author: Tom Being Tom

Tom writes a blog. When he’s not doing that he’s usually hanging out with Mrs C, his wife of 20 years. Together, they have two beautiful, golden boys. Literally. The retriever kind. Tom recently started a novel and is a member of one of the largest social groups known to man.

His worldview was formed by the strange intermingling of comic book superheroes, socioeconomic politics, the Air Coryell offense, and an atheistic spiritual awakening.

He intends to save the world next Thursday.

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