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Taking the Road Less Traveled

It can be well worth your time to discover a good place off the beaten track

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You’ve earned a long weekend after many weeks of solid work. Suppose you’re taking a highway trip, and you know you’ll have to stop along the way somewhere. What do you choose: the big interstate rest stop, or the small town exit with a good restaurant two miles off the highway?

All the Difference

The poet Robert Frost wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Unfortunately, today instead of two unpaved roads crossing in a forest, we typically encounter two highways crossing in a concrete jungle.

Such development doesn’t mean the world is any less interesting. You can’t explore the world “Lewis and Clark style,” but you don’t need any more retail stores along your path than they had along theirs to make your journey exciting.

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It can be well worth your time to discover a good place off the beaten track where you can stop without confronting all the tantalizing souvenirs at a truck stop or big interstate exit — the cheaply made bandanas, collectible shot glasses, dressed up stuffed animals, postcards, plastic key rings, gaudy T-shirts, overpriced fireworks — you know the scene.

Less is More

Chances are you will also encounter less crowding, better food and an overall better experience. If you proceed with a plan, you’re less likely to dawdle on tempting products. Eventually, you can make carrying money the exception rather than the rule! Time things in such a way as to have your wallet with you as little as possible. Bring it only when you have excellent reason for doing so.

As you enjoy brown bag lunches, weekends and visits to friends without your wallet, your anxieties about not carrying it subside. If you find having your wallet would have been helpful, count that cost against the price — in dollars and frustration — you’ve saved by not having it with you all the time. You’ll realize you’ve gotten the better end of the deal.

Society has been on a trend of increasing materialism for decades. As such, many people feel overwhelmed by their accumulation of “stuff.” Amazingly, they continue to buy more. In your own life, the solution is to reverse the trend. A major step is to detach from items you no longer need, and to go places without your wallet. Both gestures require a shift in personal priorities.

A Good Choice

When you experience the greater space and time you have created for yourself, you’ll know, unmistakably, that you’ve made a good choice.

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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.

This is Turley Talks.

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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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