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Back to Work

January 8, 2016
Ashley Burkhartsmeier , Pierce County Tribune

After two long holiday weekends, we can go back to the real world and get busy! So do I write about Obama taking gun control into his own hands? How about Donald Trump saying he'll behead ISIS? Or do I even start to wrap my brain around affluenza? (For the ones of you that have not caught the current national news - there is a headline of a boy who suffers from affluenza. Affluenza: noun: a psychological malaise supposedly affecting wealthy young people, symptoms of which include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and a sense of isolation.) If only I could be traumatized by wealth! Give me a break!

These are, of course, the topics that I'm listening to this morning of CBS's, "Your World in 90 Seconds". If you have not heard of this, please set your alarm or DVR. It keeps you updated and informed in quick spurt so you may at least have an idea of what's going on in the world.

With that, sometimes I think, who cares! Yes, we can sometimes live in our own little world. However, then deep down I know living in a naive world is not the better world or life. That is our entire ultimate goal, right? To live life to its fullest, even if we don't say it? We all want our own world of perfection and success. The key with this is knowing and figuring out your own definition of success.

Don't compare yourself to as they say, "The Jones's". Are you working for the massive house, a new car, an exotic trip or are you happy to just get food on the table for your family. Sometimes it's nice to sit back and just take a deep breath. I love being able to cook supper and spend time with my family and friends. Don't get me wrong; I still want nice things, however, when it comes to a large house no thanks! All that screams to me is more cleaning and higher taxes, which again means working even more!

Work is not bad. Working with passion and a goal can make life enjoyable. So can meditating or just the act of doing nothing. My favorite book written by a journalist, "Eat, Prayer, Love" comments about learning the act of doing nothing. I have loved learning to do this. To be able to turn your brain off and not worry about everything that you are not getting something done. (I'm not the best at taking time for this, but I'm working on it.) If you have not been able to do this, start with 5 minutes - sit and breathe in deep and let it out - open your heart, your mind and enjoy. You will feel amazing!

 
 

 

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