One day to live

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. Theophrastus d. 278 B.C. Take a moment and think about what you would do if you knew you only had one more day to live. Would you act any differently? How would you relate to and treat your family and friends? Would you show them more respect and concern? Would there be some people you would ignore rather than allow them to waste the precious time you had left? Would there be some past misunderstanding that you would set straight? What would you do if you had just one more …
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The Pillow Test

You become what you give your attention to. Epictetus 55 – 135 A.D. I’m always looking for little things people can do to improve their quality of life. I recently heard of a good exercise from an associate in Dallas; he calls it the pillow test. It’s simple, but it can be very effective over time. As you lay your head down on your pillow each night, ask yourself the following two questions. What am I glad I did today? What do I wish I had done today? These are powerful and thought provoking questions. Think about the things you …
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Too many choices

The nature of desire is not to be satisfied. Aristotle 384 – 322 B.C. Today, we’re faced with an increasing number of choices for every imaginable item in our lives. It’s truly amazing the number of options we have.┬áJust think about the last time you went to the grocery; pick any item — bottled water, soda, detergent, paper towels — and the number of choices is absolutely astounding. You’d think that having lots of choices would be a good thing. But it’s not. In his book The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz wrote about a research experiment that was conducted …
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