Monday, February 6, 2012

New Year's Resolutions

This time of year, many of us are thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Well, actually, by this date, the second week in February, we’re probably not thinking about them much anymore because doing so makes us feel guilty. Now, we’re back in the groove, sailing along, fat, dumb and happy, and maybe a little hung over and indigestive after the Super Bowl. Still, every once and awhile we get a vague sense of unease about whether we’re living up to our potential and living on purpose.

What we do with that unease is what separates the happy, fulfilled, compassionate, generous and cooperative people from the depressed, sad, angry, blaming punishers. When the unease arises, the happy folk pause, say something like, ‘oh, there I go again,’ stop ‘thinking’ and struggling, and open themselves to guidance, shifting from the ego to spirit. The depressed, blaming punishers re-double their efforts to think harder and work harder to ‘improve’ themselves and do more of what they were doing, not realizing that doing the same thing and expecting a different result is a good definition of insanity.

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