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By Wayne Russell

What makes you tick?  I recently posed this question to some friends.  Before asking the question I had never really contemplated on what make me tick.  As I pondered this question, I began dividing my life into four primary parts: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

Physically: A Good Breakfast

I used to skip breakfast and have a large snack around 9:00 a.m.  However, since being married, Misty and I have made it a habit to eat a good breakfast every morning. I prepare breakfast and Misty enjoys it with me, even though it means her getting out of bed earlier than she normally would have to.  Now, if I skip breakfast to fast for a doctor appointment, I suffer!  My body is programmed to eat within 30 minutes of waking up. I also credit my 50 pound weight loss, in part, to starting the day off right each morning.  Your metabolism begins within 30 minutes of starting your day - give it something to work with!

Emotionally: Family Relationships

Coming home to Misty and the kids definitely keeps me sane.  Some days I cannot wait to walk through the door and see Livia with a smile on her face and a baby doll in her arms.  Misty is always a breath of fresh air.  I do not know if I would emotionally survive in another career - I need summer breaks!  I need extended time to create memories with my family.

Mentally: Writing

I cannot say that I have always been a writer.  You won't find dozens of inked journals on our bookshelves.  Going through school I always seemed to have my writing included in yearbooks, but never viewed myself as much of a writer. It simply was a school subject and I wanted to be good at it. However, over the past few years I have really enjoyed placing thoughts on paper.  I have discovered that by getting thoughts out I no longer need to entertain them in my mind.  Writing frees me up to think about other things, either new topics or going deeper within recurring themes.

Spiritually: A Relationship with Jesus

I have been connected with the church since birth.  However, it wasn't until I was a teenager that I made that personal decision to follow Jesus.  I have never looked back and keep looking forward with anticipation about how my relationship with Jesus will become more intimate.  I have always preached that religion will not save me; only a relationship will. Jesus plus nothing equals everything!

Consider what makes you tick? What drives you?