I HAVE A VERY WORN LITTLE PICTURE taped
up to the inside of my cupboard door. It's a photo of a wooden
sign; an arrow at a fork on a path somewhere in Japan. But the
arrows point in both directions and the translation reads, "This
What an odd sign. When I first saw it,
I wondered what it meant. Then the obvious hit me. I presume
there is only one way: The sign presumes there are two. Duh.
There can be two ways to the same place.
Ever feel tired and drained? There are two paths to feeling good
and having more energy: You can do a little less or you can enjoy
a little more. You get there either way.
Do a little less because having too much
to do is a second-rate experience. It drains us. Drained, we
are far less efficient. It makes the condition worse. So instead
of doing 15 things poorly and in bad spirits, cut it back to
12, do them well and in good spirits. Do a little less.
But it also works to enjoy yourself a little
more. Take good care of you. What recharges your spirit? What
relaxes you? What indulgence strengthens you? Care for your body.
Improve your surroundings. Learn about what interests you. Appreciate
yourself. Why? Because the better you feel, the more you have
to give. Your boss gets more work. Your mate gets more love.
Your kids get more smiles. You get a better life.
And it creates an upward spiral. The better
you feel, the more you get done. The more you get done, the better
you feel. Next time you find yourself on that downward spiral
of stress, halt the descent by taking both paths: do a little
less, enjoy a little more. Go "This Way." Your chances
are twice as good of getting there.