Friday, September 23, 2005

Sometimes it's all about perspective...

Kenny Werner, in his book Effortless Mastery, describes a test that illustrates priorities in life.

Go to the kitchen and get a plastic bag. Place it over your head, tying the opening snugly around your neck so that no air can get through. Now, let's count to one hundred. By the count of 50, let me ask you: How important is that bonus you've been working overtime to earn. By the count of 60 would you be fretting about the state of your investments? By 80 no doubt you'd be worried about your boss asking for those reports you hadn't finished yet.

I’m not trying to make light of anyone’s problems, but sometimes we make more out of a situation than we should. Life’s day-to-day difficulties can often overwhelm us to the extent that we can’t see what is really important. If you were to be kidnapped today, I would guess that the company you work for would not go under. In fact, you may be surprised at how little you’d be missed.

There’s a reason why eating healthy meals, exercising, and leading a balanced social/work life leads to a less stressful life and improved sleep habits. It’s because you are taking care of the things that are really important in life: Health and happiness.

If you can get your priorities more in line with what you really want from life, there is a good chance that peace and serenity will follow.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Wendi said...

Health and hapiness. Without health hapiness is a struggle. Each of us should remember to keep perspective in our lives every day. Especially when things are going really well for us. Not just the times when life takes an ugly turn.

8:53 PM  
Blogger flashaltman said...

Hi Wendi,

You make a very important point. Often times it's only in times of hardship (especially sickness and pain) that we realize what is important in life. When things are going well in life, we quickly take health and comfort for granted.

9:13 PM  

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