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Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Intelligent Living Imperative

At the end of the day, each of us has to go. But before we go, we can make this entire earthly sojourn of ours memorable. This calls for intelligent living!

Isn’t a vacation more memorable than routine, day-to-day existence? Now, why is a vacation memorable? Because you let go, you leave your worries behind and engage with your family or friends or even, in solitude, with nature. You know you have invested in the vacation and you feel the need to maximize the tenure of that vacation. Think about it. Why not treat each day as a vacation? You don’t need an exotic locale to holiday. You need the attitude to enjoy each day as you would while on a vacation.

Do the following: 1. Imagine for a moment, you have no worries and you are on a vacation. 2. Play out that attitude at work today. Work in an easy, unrushed, unruffled manner. Savor each moment. Even if you are getting pulled up by your boss, admire the color of his tie or her dress. Look at the opportunity in the feedback. If you are stuck in terrible traffic, look for signs of Life and beauty around you on the road. A young boy helping a blind man cross the road, a child sleeping peacefully on her mother’s lap. If you have to do mundane household chores, do them at your own pace, choosing to do one thing at a time, giving it the fullest attention.

This simple approach can change your Life dramatically. It can make you transform your driving-yourself-and-others-crazy approach to slowly, smoothly, enjoying the miracle called now and the gift called today! Remember: You are not going to live forever. Not me either. To live intelligently, fully, is therefore not a choice, it is imperative.

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