Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age, and to imagine right up to the brink of death that life is only beginning. I think that is the only way to keep adding to one's talent, and one's inner happiness.
I love this quote. So often, I see people who have gotten to a point in their careers where they feel like they're too old to do something different. Even though they feel like they're on the wrong path, they have resigned themselves to work that slowly and steadily drains the life out of them.
To them I say, "Life begins today!" However much time you have left in your career, whether it's five years or fifty years, it's far too long to spend it unhappily. Forget the past. That - to use an economics term - is a sunk cost. It's gone and there's nothing you can do about it. Your past is relevant because it has brought you to where you are today, but don't use it to limit your future.
I think this applies to all of us, regardless of where we are in our lives. It can be helpful to stop and step back, looking at our world with fresh eyes. "Let's say today really is a completely new beginning," we might ask ourselves. "What do I want to create from here?"
It's so easy to get stuck in a rut. Our routines and habits and the "reality" we've become accustomed to have a way of building walls along our path that prevent us from seeing the possibilities out beyond our immediate line of sight. Even if the path we've been on has been a good one, there is the potential for it to go stale if we don't stop to get the full picture every once in a while.
Stop for a minute and ask yourself, "If life is beginning today, what do I want to create?" Then get busy.
Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst (sm)
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