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"Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it."

A thought by John C. Maxwell (2012-10-02) from his book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential (p. 111). Center Street. Kindle Edition.

We are heading into the holiday season.  A lot of people are going to run to overcrowded stores frantically getting things that nobody really wants.  But it was such a good deal but it really wasn’t what they wanted.  After getting it and still spending too much we’re too tired to really enjoy the season.

How about your day today?  I understand the importance of the meal and of how it doesn’t just appear but maybe it isn’t what really makes this day a happy day.  Maybe it’s just being with each other.  Oh don’t stop cooking but just add that part to the celebration not the stress. 

I was reading today in Luke 11 (The Message) of the first time Jesus met Mary and Martha.  Mary loved the relationship and spending time with Jesus but Martha felt the stress of all she had to do in the kitchen.  Later she interrupted Jesus a…

"Instead of focusing on why things happen, we are better off learning how things work."

"A victim mind-set causes people to focus on what they cannot do instead of what they can do."

"Denying a problem only makes it worse."

"Success can have a way of distorting our view of reality."

A thought by John C. Maxwell (2013-10-08) from his book, Sometimes You Win--Sometimes You Learn: Life's Greatest Lessons Are Gained from Our Losses (Kindle Locations 697-698). Center Street. Kindle Edition.

That can be so true.  John shared that it seems that most Nobel Prize winners never did anything significant after winning the prize.  He quotes T. S. Eliot, “The Nobel is a ticket to one’s own funeral. No one has ever done anything after he got it.”

I remember watching young kids back in Little League who had developed before the other boys so they were the stars at that time.  And I saw some of the other kids who had to work harder pass those kids as they got older because they had to work for their success and it paid off. 

Harvey Penick the great Hall of Fame golf teacher in his Little Red Book tells of how you should not focus on your last shot.  If it was really good you will mess up on the next one.  You must continue to focus a head.

Paul in the Bible says that we are…

"It’s easier to go from failure to success than it is from excuses to success."