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Don’t Postpone Your Life

Don’t Postpone Your Life Again This Year!

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“MAN IS BY NATURE A GOAL STRIVING BEING. AND BECAUSE HE IS BUILT THAT WAY HE IS NOT HAPPY UNLESS HE IS FUNCTIONING AS HE WAS MADE TO FUNCTION... AS A GOAL STRIVER.”
- Maxwell Maltz, PSYCHO-CYBERNETICS
 

I delight in seeing people realize their dreams and accomplishing the goals they set for themselves, whether it’s paying off a stubborn debt, finishing their first 10K, or finally having the courage to make a relationship better. The promise of a new year motivates many of us to create our annual lists of goals: to lose those 10 lbs.; to finally take that dream trip; to courageously wrestle with that gnawing question that still hangs in the air year after year; or take a leap, even a baby step, toward happiness.
 

Too many of us lead deferred lives. We don’t feel worthy of our dreams until our “work” is done and since our obligations seem omnipresent, our dreams take a back seat and ultimately fade away. No wonder so many of us at this time of year cringe just a bit when the mall’s cheerful sound system tries to sell us that this is “the hap – happiest time of the year!” If only our life paths (especially the ones immediately ahead of us) could be counted on to be well lighted, inviting, and clear of obstacles and doubt. If only our days could be well-ordered and flush with certainty. If only work always ended in success, love without surrender, loss without grief, and lapses with persistent forgiveness.
 

Instead we roil in uncertainty, surf on chaos, and shape shift from day to day. With maturity we have the chance to finally begin to embrace the persistent and trusted anchors of love and hope, belief and values, history and recollection, and the steady sweetness of the moments we choose to create (and especially the ones that catch us by surprise and take our breath away). But “real life” too often steps in and we relent, saying “maybe next year.”
 

 

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