“The real problem of your leisure is how to keep other people from using it”. — Anonymous
Ain’t it the truth? Most of it is our own fault though. It is for me anyway.
Always trying to do better. Always trying to please others. Never satisfied with the status quo. Over-achiever. Workaholic. Can’t say no. The list goes on and on.
Here’s another truth, that no one wants to admit. We control our choices. Not the outcomes, but our choices.
While the outcomes are in the hands of a power we can’t begin to imagine, our choices are not. Our choices are ours.
You’d think we would have this figured out by mid life. Why is this so difficult to remember?
Hot & naked? Neither.
Hot and bothered maybe, but not hot and naked. There’s a temptation to use sexual innuendos to sell things.
It’s pervasive. So much so that this blog post title actually caused a reaction that was opposite of it’s purpose.
My purpose is simply to vent a little about how passively lives are lived. And it almost feels, to me, like people have given up the will to work hard.
Hard work. It’s the only way, at any age.
While the title was read with the wrong purpose, it was written with the right intent.
If you have the will but are finding the way difficult, Mid Life Celebration’s intent is to reach as many people fitting this description as possible.
Mid Life Fanatic. Why yes, yes I am.
Why wouldn’t anyone want to be a mid life fanatic? Actually, why wouldn’t anyone want to be fanatical about life? Period.
Fanatical. Defined as excessive enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm is just another word for attitude. Attitude is up to you. No one else. Period.
We get one chance to have enthusiasm. It’s the time between our birth and our death.
Ya with me? Seriously. Are you with me? Carpe diem 🙂
Mid Life Self-Discipline. We may never be perfect, but we can be better.
Discipline is remembering what you want.
First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.
If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.
The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now.
If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.
You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.
“As I get older I’ve learned to listen to people rather than accuse them of things”. — Po Bronson
Here’s my challenge with Po’s thought – doesn’t anybody hear the echos of codependency?
“Oh, Uncle Joel, he sure likes his beer”, people say lovingly about a family member’s obvious addiction.
Everyone lives with it. Everyone is privately aware of it. Everyone acts like it’s not true. Everyone says nothing.
I sort of feel like accusing them all – of saying nothing, doing nothing.
Or maybe it’s better to let loved ones travel that path. Then no one would be guilty of accusing anyone of anything. How cool is that?