Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Finding Balance

Taking time to re-charge your batteries to avoid physical and emotional burn out is a prudent investment in your life. We are all in the business of living and time is our capital to be invested for the greatest return in happiness and fulfillment. Carefully managing our lives will allow us to support our families, nurture our spirits and to make a contribution to our society. Make some money and have some fun while following the Golden Rule and you will enjoy peace of mind.

Mother Theresa spent three hours everyday in prayer, reflection and meditation and she insisted all her nuns do the same. She believed it was essential for them to take care of their body and their spirit if they were to live a life of intense service to others without burning out. Even Saints need to pay attention to their body's physical requirements for proper nutrition, exercise and rest to carry on their ministry.

If M.T. and her nuns could take this much time out of their busy schedules, surely you can take some time away from your work for exercise, healthy meals with your family or whatever you do to rest and relax.

A wise man said that our life is 5% joy, 5% sorrow and 90% maintenance. Work, play, sleep, meals, exercise,and all those details can not be ignored if you want to be active for the long term. Taking care of our body and mind is really important if we want lasting good health and to avoid the common diseases of aging.

'Don't Retire, Rewire' is the title of a new book I saw on the news stand. The author encourages people to find second careers. People are living longer and will be revitalized with new challenges and may need to work to be able to support themselves. If you retire at 65 and have another 30 years of life to support, you need either large amounts of money saved, children willing to take on the burden of supporting you or continued employment. For most people there is more dignity and joy in work versus being dependent on relatives or the society at large.

Adaptability is the master skill. We live in a rapidly changing world fraught with problems and challenges.

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