Finishing what you start

My 4th of July gift for you:

I received this from a friend who knows how much I preach about finishing what you start: "During these crazy days when we’re going one hundred miles per hour and stress levels are soaring, I had to stop and tell myself that Laura Stack told me I need some inner peace.  I discovered that the way to achieve it is to finish all of the things I have started.  I looked around my house to see things I started and hadn’t finished, and before leaving the house this morning I finished off a bottle of merlot, a bottle of white zinfandel, a bottle of Bailey’s, a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, a package of Oreos, the remainder of both my Prozac and Valium prescriptions, the rest of the cheesecake, some saltine crackers, and a half box of chocolates. You have no idea how good I feel.  I am passing this on to you because it definitely worked for me, and we could all use more calmness in our lives."

Happy Birthday America!  God Bless the USA!



  1. Matthew Lockwood says:

    That has been the first funny thing I’ve read all day! Thank you for brightening up my day, Laura!

  2. Funny! I love that there’s a sense of humor you’re incorporating into your blog.

    Actually,my opinion is that you reduce your stress level and increase your productivity by NOT finishing those things you’ve started that are no longer a good use of your time and energy. Craft projects that once were fun but are now a drag, business initiatives that seemed like a good idea at the time but have become more time-consuming or less beneficial than you’d hoped (or just not as important as other initiatives you need to put time into) are examples.

    We begin lots of things with good intention, but we’re not always on target about the best use of our efforts. Don’t punish yourself by continuing with something that won’t ultimately serve you except to say that you finished it.

    When approriate, DON’T FOLLOW THROUGH – let it go, and focus on what you’ll really regret, years from now, not following through on.