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The Real Importance of Loved Ones

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Most of us, no matter who we are, get up in the morning and start a certain routine every day. Dress, get ready and go to work. Whether working for someone or being self employed, meeting people, working from home, we all have our goals and strive to accomplish them by doing certain things each day that brings us closer to our plans.

But why do we do all this? If it weren’t for someone or others in our life, what is the point of working so hard? Is it to impress us or others? For some, no matter how much wealth/assets they have, it is never enough. They want more. They love the adrenaline of the next “deal”.

Most people work by rote since they believe this is the thing to do. When we reach success why keep on going? Yes, it may make us feel good about ourselves that we have reached somewhere but is that all it is? After we conquered the mountain, are we ready for the next peak?

Most of us do it for our little group of people that we call loved ones, family, significant others. What is the point of striving to make it, sacrificing life for work if not in order to enjoy the proceeds with your loved ones?

We all heard the expression, “You can’t take your assets or possessions with you”, very true indeed. Why then not enjoy your good fortune, aside of family of course, and bring some good to some people you don’t know? There are so many needs around us. Unfortunately due to life’s demands, many of us live lives on autopilot. We are all so busy running around all day long, but are we productive?

Try to schedule time for work, but schedule some time breaks in between.

Decompress even for a few minutes.

Be mindful of your day-to-day actions. Live in the present, not in the past, because the past is gone. The future is not yet here and following that route might make you totally miss how you live now!

Try to enjoy life with your loved ones. Schedule time away, even for a couple of days, just to reconnect. It is great to be part of a family, but family requires work. A happy family requires members to be sensitive to each other’s needs. It requires a team approach and above all requires that you show you care while not taking anything for granted.

You can even extrapolate “Happy at home…Happy outside”.

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Posted: July 11, 2014

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Take The Plunge, The Water is Not That Cold

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This is for those who want to find their inner child and for those brave souls who, despite what life is throwing their way, still dream big. You may be working somewhere but you’re looking for a change. You might be looking to start your own business or even travel and experience the world.  Perhaps you want to live overseas or you want move out of the town where you live.

 

Life has a way of happening to you or because of you. It doesn’t wait. When you want things to happen, sometimes they don’t. And when you least expect things, life happens. Somehow, it always seems that “now” is not the best time for changing things. Tomorrow will be better, but somehow tomorrow never comes. When I am looking to make a change, I tend to write down the pluses versus the minuses and that helps me determine my next steps. If you happen to be the analytical type, I would recommend you go through this process because seeing it in writing helps you visually see the pros and cons.

 

But, be careful of paralysis of analysis. Over-analyzing change often leads to no change at all. So, a more thoughtful and less stressful way to handle things before you embark on your dreams and trying to turn them into reality, would to test the waters a little. Think it over, research, but put a plan together and a timeline. Determine calculated risk. Again, I do not suggest that you disappear to the Pacific all of a sudden or invest every penny of your savings on the idea of starting a business. These are not calculated risks. But in the beginning, take smaller steps to realize the dream, determining the best thing for you and if it is something you can handle without jeopardizing personal relationships with loved ones will go a long way to ultimately making it happen. And, as results unfold, measure progress – accept failures, make adjustments and then continue to execute on your larger plans.

 

Of course you know your priorities but realize this, if you don’t follow your soul and your calling, who will? If not now, when? I can also tell you this – the experiences you would live and the regiment you would follow, will make you grow and that is a necessary ingredient in life. And, the feeling of personal freedom – to trying to lead some part of your life on your terms – is priceless. All of this does not come easy. I wish, I could tell you otherwise. You probably will work harder than you ever did, but you would be working for you toward your goals and dreams. It is a great feeling for those who can act on their dreams and turn them into reality.

 

Fear is natural, but you have to take a step and let it be OK because the alternative would probably be to never try. 

 

There are so many things to explore – starting a side business, losing yourself on a trip to Italy, enrolling in a cooking class in France and starting to learn French. Or perhaps going to Barcelona and checking out the Spanish culture, staying on a Greek island and writing a book, or while at a convention in South America adding a couple of weeks to strictly explore Buenos Aires and learn how to tango. Try it, don’t let it get erased from your memory because it will only become more difficult to act on it later – someday. Again, often, “someday” never comes. 

 

No one knows what life will bring us tomorrow. As Louise Erdrich wrote, “And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

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Posted: April 9, 2014

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