Been there, done that

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done. Marie Curie 1867 – 1934 Many of you have probably heard of a “honey do” jar or a job jar: a container stuffed with slips of paper listing all the little things that need to be done around the home. That way, whenever you have spare time, you don’t have to remember the different items that need maintenance or repair — you can just pull a slip from the jar and get started on a chore. Unfortunately, the problem with a job jar is that it always …
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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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Plan M

A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. George S. Patton 1885 – 1945 A few years ago, there was a feel-good show called Leverage, in which former criminals used their unique skills to help people in need. In the pilot episode, things start going wrong on a job and the leader, Nathan Ford, changes the plan. One of the crew asks if they’re going to Plan B. He replies, “Technically, that would be Plan G.” Which prompts another question: “How many plans do we have? Is there, like, a Plan M?” I’ve written before about the importance of having a …
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