by Wayne J. Jung
Life comes at you fast.
I know, what an overused cliché.
In fact, you hear it so much online these days that it really has lost its significance. Which I suppose makes it the truest of truisms.
During the holidays especially, the speed with which we process the sales, jingles, greetings, parties, family, holiday music, weather, travel, debt, health and good cheer make this the time of year when life comes at you fastest!
And that can be a very bad thing.
We recently lost a dear member of my extended family after a lengthy illness. Hers was a life well-lived, spending the better part of the last 25 years serving as a galley cook on an assorted variety of seagoing vessels (research, charter, etc.).
She was a remarkable person who lived life to the fullest even while spending most of her time in the slow lane, and watching so many around her just speed by.
Never sweating the small stuff, life seemingly never came at her too fast to handle.
When our children were younger, my late wife used to remind them to “just breathe” and that life was best lived one breath after another.
As we speed through this holiday season, I find myself oftentimes struggling to remember her advice, but I keep trying.
And it shouldn’t be just a holiday mantra, or a “when times turn tough” kind of thing. It is truly good advice year-round.
There are so many things that we can’t control in our life, like the speed at which it is delivered, but there is one thing that we can master and that is how we react to it.
So, this holiday season and the new year ahead, my wish for all is a simple one.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at SELECTiON.COM®!
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