It was a pleasant enough social gathering with a diverse mix of guests engaged in light, casual conversation. A young man began to describe how his life would be transformed, fixed, and truly perfect, if only…. He would be happy if only he landed his dream job with an annual salary of $130,000. He presently earns $95,000. He is probably caught in the ‘more money trap’!
Dr. Hans Selye called healthy stress eustress and too much stress distress. We need challenge or stress to survive, to give meaning to our lives and a reason to get out of bed each morning. It is best to discover that zone where stimulation becomes DIS-STRESS and avoid going there.
Last November I attended a pricey, Rah! Rah! event led by well-known motivational speaker, Tony Robbins. I had long admired his writing such as Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within. I imagined the experience might deepen my work in strengthening emotional resilience. And after all, Oprah had attended one of his seminars. Just to clarify, the event I attended did not include his famous fire-walk.
Joy can come in accidental moments or from planned action. When we define what excites us, gives our life meaning, value and satisfaction, we can plan ahead. What activities and things please your sense of vision, hearing, touch, smell and taste? What is physically, mentally, emotionally, creatively, socially and spiritually energizing for you?
Every now and then our relationships could benefit from an examination. Find out how the Five Love Languages can help us love in the most meaningful way.
Calgary, AB, Canada
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