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We are social animals; we flourish or decline in direct proportion to the quality of our relationships. Every minute spent enhancing or repairing a relationship with friends, family, or community is a direct investment in our own well being.

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Many of us are missing an essential skill set for contentment, that is to be fully satisfied when completely alone, with no tech or gadgets, with no distraction or entertainment. It is the small pockets of contemplation that drive meaningful reflection, creative thought, and appreciation.

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My two year old daughter was up all night with a stomach bug, vacillating between throwing up and happily reading books and laughing. I envy the emotional agility of the child to instantly forget their troubles and enjoy themselves when the situation changes. We seasoned adults, who hang on to every misfortune for days, weeks, and even years, have much to learn from these little ones.

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The years seem to move a lot quicker as we age, in part because we have less frequent and sweeping changes taking place. Those that enjoy life should seek ways to elongate and savor each available moment and to increase the prevalence of change. Refreshing our perspective as often as possible helps us to appreciate the newness and joy of discovering life many times over from a variety of viewpoints.

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An inspired life is a life enjoyed and appreciated. Conversely, when we focus only on the routine and familiar, life can bore and even irritate us. We must focus on the wonder and awe that is ever present in the unknown in order to regularly fuel and incite appreciation.

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A prisoner waits inside each of us, constrained by self-induced obligations, social expectations, and relentless schedules. The prisoner, although we may consider a touch eccentric, remains calm, polite, patient, steady, and quietly infinite. Such is the soul, so often forgotten by day, sitting in solitude, awaiting the freedom that only we can grant.

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The
older we get, the more it seems that life has a set path, established and
immovable. We should, however, recognize that age brings with it more options than
youth, more flexibility, more capabilities in the aggregate. What we should
concern ourselves with is overcoming the fear of the unknown, of change, which
steadily increases with age.

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Some day, perhaps in our old age or infirmity, we will desire to be back where we are today, doing just as we are at this moment. Yet here we are today, desiring to be doing something different, somewhere else.

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Consistency matters; in health, in love and faithfulness, in politics, in virtue. Anyone can be a hero for a day, but a good character accumulates over a lifetime.

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Some of my very best years were ones where material and money were sparse, where I often sat alone, scantily sheltered within a screened-in porch under a cold light rain, nestled in a shabby hooded sweatshirt, with a cheap plastic mug of steaming green tea with lemon, listening to the rain patter on a crumpled tin roof above the tattered porch with its puddled and ragged green turf outdoor carpeting, soaring in the heights of some classic novel or other, my cat asleep on the railing, the brain at once settled in supreme calmness and yet alive with the fervor and crackle of an active mind. There was nothing of opulence, nothing of social achievement, nothing to prove, nothing to win, nowhere else to be. It is such recollections that remind me that the best of this life is readily accessible to us, waiting only for a pause, a break, a deep breath.