Do you ever find yourself saying:

When I’m older, I’ll do this…

Later, I’ll get to it…

One day, I will…

Or when it’s time or when I have a chance…

When I finish school, I’ll be able to…

When I have more money…

When I get married, I’ll be …

When the house is paid, we’ll go …

When the kids leave the house, we’ll move…

When I retire, I’ll have more time to…

When I’m dying… Oh no not already… AHHHHHHH…

We should learn to enjoy the road while we are travelling, because if we put all our hopes on the destination, we could be disappointed.

Most of the time, the anticipation is more exciting than the actual outcome.

For years, I wanted to be older, but NOT ANYMORE.

What about you ?

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This is an example of someone who’s life has been threatened by a potentially fatal disease.

I share his short message with you because it contains wisdom and experience.

Time takes on new meaning when yout life has been threatened. Zohn advises everyone to make a difference now, before something changes your mind for you.

“In the past I used to look pretty far ahead. When cancer came along, my perspective on the universe shifted a bit. It’s so cliché, but you have to take advantage of each day, each moment. We’re on this planet for a very short time, and  it’s not about how or when you leave it. It’s about making it a brighter place while you’re here”

Ethan Zohn

TV’s Survivor and cancer survivor

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I took speed reading lessons about 15 years ago. At first, I was skeptical, but after the course was over, I was able to read about 3 times faster and able to double my understanding and retention rate. It really works !

One thing with speed reading, at least in my case, is that is it useful when you’re reading your regular publications and when you are familiar with the topic. If your reading something completely unsual, you’ll probably have to take you time.

Why?

Every field has its own vocabulary and technical words that have a unique meaning to its environment.

Hurry, Hurry, it will save you time!

 

We have control over our choices, but we don’ t have any control over the consequences of our choices.

What this means is that we don’t always know how things will turn out.

What it means is that we can’t always predict how people will respond to our decisions.

That is why we should be aware of our choices as much as possible if we want to improve our quality of life.

Sometimes our decisions can result in big mistakes that will be costly in time.

From the moment that we know clearly what we want, it becomes easier to make the best possible choices for ourselves. These decisions are unique for each one of us.

Do you ever think of the BIG difference between your CHOICES and the CONSEQUENCES of your choices?

“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to site than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.”

Marcus Aurelius

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The Chinese people say that we can never step in the same river twice. I believe this is so true because even if we meet the same people and even when we encounter similar circumstances in our lives, it is different every time.

Why?

Because each one of us is changing and evolving constantly. This is a good thing. This is how we grow. If it were not, we would still be living in caves and caverns.


It is difficult, however, for people who insist on resisting change. Resisting change is simply a display of our fears. It makes us very uncomfortable and very worried about the unknown.

   

 

Vocation is the place when your deep happiness meets other people deep needs.  I believe that most of us want to live a life that is truly ours. This kind of life would fulfill our true nature and would utilize our true gifts. This kind of life is what would satisfy our souls.

When we will draw our last breath and if we are given the time to reflect on our lives, will we ask? :

Did I make enough money?

Did I get famous enough?

or

Did I live fully and to my best potential?

Did I make a difference with the people who crossed my path?

From our first cry to our last breath… I believe that most of us are craving for this kind of life whether we are aware of it or not.

Most of us manage to find time for the things we really like. Where the ambition is, there is time.

Reading is one of my favorite activities. I like spending time with people, I like the outdoors, arts and music, I like to travel and discover new places but somehow, it seems to me that I can always find time for reading.

Why? I’m not sure, but I know it is the activity that inspires me the most. This is one of my best source for new ideas. Not that I don’t find inspiration in other activities, I do, but reading keeps me energized and motivated, especially when life gets in the way.

One of my young daughters used to read a lot, and then came Facebook, YouTube and the iPod … now reading has become a boring activity for her. I keep trying to convince her to start again, and so far I have been unsuccessful. I hope that one day she will re-discover the joy of reading.

Someone who doesn’t read is a little bit like someone who cannot read.

What can I suggest to people who don’t like to read?

Try to read on a subject that you are passionnate about. This is one way you could have a chance to turn reading  into a regular habit.

Read, read all  you can. If you keep practicing, you will soon acquire a taste for reading. In time, it will give you a lot of satisfaction and pleasure.