Are you too busy to enjoy life?

It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about? Henry David Thoreau 1817 – 1862 We all have plans and dreams for a better, more fulfilling life. Yet study after study shows that only a small percent of people actually achieve their dreams. A good question is: why? Recently, I was working with a young man who was struggling to get on his feet. He had written out his goals, had powerful reasons why he wanted to achieve these goals and knew the actions he needed to take to get …
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Running to stand still

Nothing recedes like progress. E. E. Cummings 1894 – 1962 Have you ever observed someone running on a treadmill? Usually, they’re putting forth a good deal of effort, yet they aren’t physically going anywhere; they continue to stay in the exact same place as when they started their workout. For me, this image provides a good analogy for the way so many people live their day-to-day lives: they’re constantly expending effort — possibly a great amount of effort — but they don’t make any forward progress. To some extent, stagnant progress is inevitable, because there will always be setbacks in life: the …
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Planning for unhappiness

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. John Barrymore 1882 – 1942 No matter who you are or how good your life is, at some point, you’re going to be unhappy. It might only be for a few hours or a few days: someone could hurt your feelings, you could break or lose a treasured possession, or a host of little things might go wrong. But there’s always the potential for worst case events, ones no one is immune to: you could lose your job or your savings, be diagnosed with a serious illness, or see a …
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