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Go Ahead, Have Some Breathing Space

When you carve out a few moments of breathing space for yourself, the world is a different place

Go Ahead, Have Some Breathing Space

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Thank goodness, it’s Saturday. 2021 is in progress with more challenges than we each anticipated, but what would it be like to be beamed back to 1821 with your battery-powered tablet or cell phone? No one would know anything about these devices. You might be deemed a sorcerer or a witch. Today, we know that much of what we do not understand or cannot see exists, i.e., ultrasonic waves, TV remote controls, smartphones, SONAR, RADAR, and CAT scans to name a few of 1000s of examples.

Suppose you were beamed to the year 2031 and told that you could handle all of the information confronting you, never need to feel behind, and feel the clock slowing down. What’s more, suppose you were told there was no reason to have headaches, or that you could approach nearly everything in your career with grace. Would this be sorcery? Not really, because each of these capabilities are possible today.

Future Capabilities

What would your life be like if you had the ability to drop back when you wanted or needed to do so? To have time for true rest and relaxation? To have time for quiet reflection? While no one lives a life with constant breathing space, there are some among us who recognize the limits of our days, weeks, years, careers, and lives, versus the infinity of that which competes for our time and attention.

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Even in tough situations, if you have a vivid portrayal of what you face, you can map out an approach that will bring you to higher ground.

During the darkest days of World War II, London endured the fire-bombing Blitzkrieg and many citizens feared they would become slaves to the brutal Third Reich. Winston Churchill assessed this ultimate challenge, and concluded what he had to do to be triumphant: Drag the Americans into the war, at least via means of wartime production of armaments. He then proceeded to do precisely that.

Likewise, most of the concerns that you face in your career or your life are not insurmountable, although they might be annoying and relentless. To have breathing space, in requires continual effort. You wouldn’t take a bath once a week whether you needed it or not; you clean yourself often. So it is with having breathing space.

Creating a Little Heaven on Earth

Despite the pace of change and the constant development of technology, all the info that confronts you on a daily basis, and everything that competes for your time and attention, you have the opportunity to remain resilient.

When you carve out a few moments of breathing space for yourself, the world is a different place; it’s not so hectic. Often, things work out for the best. You have a sense of being in charge, independent of your surroundings.

The feeling of being in control of your life, while acknowledging that you’re a small factor in the overall scheme of life, enhances your daily experience of the world around you.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



 
 
 

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New Study Shows THESE People are the Happiest

A discussion about a new study on happiness…

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PolitiCrossing Founder Chris Widener talks with Dr. Steve Turley of Turley Talks to discuss a new study about happiness. Check out their interview and be sure to pick up Chris Widener’s new book they mention, Four Seasons. The purchase of the book gets you 20+ hours of personal develop audios to celebrate the launch of the book. Get Four Seasons by clicking HERE. Check out the discussion below:

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Are we seeing the revitalization of Christian civilization?

For decades, the world has been dominated by a process known as globalization, a secularizing economic and political system that hollows out and erodes a culture’s traditions, customs, and religions, all the while conditioning populations to rely on the expertise of a tiny class of technocrats for every aspect of their social and economic lives.

Until now.

All over the world, there’s been a massive blowback against the anti-cultural processes of globalization and its secular aristocracy.

And it’s just the beginning.

I believe that the secular world is at its brink, and a new conservative age is rising.

Join me each week as we examine these worldwide trends, discover answers to today’s toughest challenges, and together learn to live in the present in light of even better things to come.

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The Four Horsemen of Aging Baby Boomers

The prospect of being cold, broke, and alone can haunt some baby boomers in their senior years

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To be old, cold, broke, and alone are the four horsemen of aging baby boomers. Aging has been a fact of life since life itself appeared on the planet, and no one has ever doubted that they would age as time passed. It’s the combination of aging with the prospect of being cold, broke, and alone that’s terrifying for some boomers as they head into their senior years.

Out in the Cold

Miracle breakthroughs in energy production, foreseen in the 1970s and 80s, are clearly not here yet. Despite current price fluctuations, the long-term trend in heating, lighting, and relying upon energy to run one’s home can only point upward for the near future. Prices will be only climb as boomers face the ends of their careers, retirement, and years of living on a fixed income.

Going for Broke

With falling housing prices, fears of a retracted recession, and government debt rising to astronomical heights, the long-term savings of many a boomer has taken a big hit. Boomers close to retiring don’t have sufficient time to recover, and even those who are five, 10, and 15 years from retirement will face rocky roads. The prospects of going broke, or at least having to live out one’s days on far less than anticipated, are real and alarming.

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Home Alone

For several decades, one in two marriages in the U.S. has ended in divorce. This doesn’t mean that one out of two people get divorced, because first-time divorcees are unfortunately prone to being divorced again and perhaps again. In any case, the number of single adults above age 45 is at an all-time high and growing. More people heading into their “golden years” are alone than at any other time in U.S. history.

Finishing one’s life cold, broke, and alone is not a pretty picture. Yet, significant numbers of boomers face this prospect. While individually little can be done about macro-economics, the rising cost of energy, or declines in property and investment values, for aging boomers there are more potential partners today than ever before. Online dating services and a variety of local social groups all but ensure that those who don’t want to face their senior years alone, don’t have to.

Old, cold, broke and alone need not be your fate.

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