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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Secret to Life and Happiness

'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.' Mark Twain

The Challenge: Discover the Best Way to Get the Most Out of Life

Each of us is challenged to discover the best way to get the most out of life. As Twain says, playing it safe only leads to a disappointing life.

To achieve a satisfying and happy life you must risk being hurt, wrong, scared, disappointed, rejected, ridiculed, and silly. You must throw off the things keeping you tied to your safe harbor and venture into the vast ocean of possibilities.

What Matters to You?

Putting yourself out there and going after what you want is a risk. The courage to risk comes from discovering what matters to you. Start by defining what you want out of life at this juncture so you can better guide your choices and daily actions. What you care about matters--it is the wind in your sails propelling you forward into a satisfying life adventure.

Discover what matters to you so you can:
  • Concentrate your limited time and energy on those things that count.
  • Plan your life so you feel more control over the things that matter to you.
  • Create a sense of urgency for the things that are most important to you.
Explore ~ Dream ~ Discover

 Helen Keller said, "Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing." The secret to a happy life is to have the courage to continuously explore what matters to you and cast off the things keeping you tied to your safe harbor. Stop letting fear keep you tethered.

Navigating a Course of Action
  • What would you do this week if you knew you couldn't fail? Take a step.
  • What do you wish someone would ask you to do? Go do it.
  • If you had all the money in the world, what would you spend your life doing? Start doing it.

Sail Away from the Safe Harbor

 What is one step you can take today to catch the trade winds in your sails?

'A ship is safe in a harbor, but that's not what ships are for.'
William Shedd  1820-1894

My sincere thanks to Antonio Tonelli from Venezuela for sharing William Shedd's 'safe harbor' quote.

4 comments:

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Sue, I need to leave comments on your blog more often. I always so enjoy it but often am pressed for time and think "I'll leave a comment later." As a blogger who loves comments, I should know better! Anyway ... this is one of my favorite posts. I think I'm going to bookmark it for repeat reading.

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

Hi Jean! After you took the time to comment...your comments went to spam...and I just discovered them this morning.

Time and life are our only true possessions---and you should only leave a comment when you are truly moved to do so.

I appreciate your comment...this is one I like to ponder often!

Good to hear from you...and keep up the yummy recipes!

Anonymous said...

Each of your questions deserves its own column :). Love TMR

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

Dear TMR

Time for you to write one column for each question.

Yours Truly,
SJM