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How many years of your life have you spent on the run? Not on the lam, hustling to get ahead: cramming as much as you can into a 24-hour day, scrambling to be a star at work, washing, ironing, cleaning, cooking, taking care of the kids. Oops, delete ironing.


How about about your career? Are you racing up the ladder of success on a ladder that’s leaning against the wrong wall? That happens. You could have climbed the closest ladder or the shortest ladder. Phooey, that’s no way to live. So you sped on and on until it became absurd. Things happen at a dizzying pace when you have too much on your plate.

Who downs a three-course meal in five-minutes? It gives you a stomachache.


How about the reverse: those who think it’s better to be at the bottom of the ladder than at the top of one they don’t want to climb. Well, if they are comfortable, why not?


But if you are a go-getter, check your GPS along the way. Make sure you’re headed in the right direction. Don’t take off like a rocket headed for an ivory tower and wind up at the city dump.


Pursue your own agenda, not someone else’s. Focus inward. Practice mindfulness rituals, mantras, journaling, prayer, gratitude reflection, etc. Bring clarity to your daily circumstances and decision.


Just today, I took a break to journal about recent events in my life that I’m grateful for and those that trouble me. The process brought to light a relationship I’d neglected for some time. After sending the party a message to reconnect I launched this column. It got me motivated.

That demonstrates the value of focusing inward. Our minds are powerful. Positive thoughts are like windshield wipers, they bring clarity into your life. Communicate constructively, do things for the right reasons. It could be contagious and improve more than just you.

Final thoughts: slow your pace; heighten your mindfulness. Take a deep breath. Give yourself a tune-up that paves the way for interesting things to happen.


By the way, the best time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time to.



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