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Chapter 43

How Lucky Am I?

Today's Empowering Quote

"What leads to unhappiness is making pleasure the chief aim."
--William Shenstone

Today's Empowering Question

"How did I get so lucky to have the people that are in my life?"

Today's Fast Session

Until I was 24 years old, I was the king of laziness.  Pleasure was ALL I wanted.  So certainly, I found what I thought was it.  But I was unhappy most of the time.  No matter where I was or who I was with, I wanted to be somewhere else and with someone else.

By then, I'd never dated anyone longer that about 3 weeks and I dated a fair amount.  I always wanted someone better. But no one ever explained to me that if I lived differently, enjoying each moment as much as possible, helping other people whenever I could, and by giving my absolute best at work, I would be able to get more pleasure in life than if I played all day, everyday.

I can tell you that since 1987, I have worked more hours than 99.9% of the world's population.  Yet during that time, I have experienced more true joy than I ever knew existed in the world.

During my pleasure pursuits, I was miserable.  I didn't like myself. I didn't trust many people, because I, myself, was untrustworthy. I figured all people were generally like me.

Think about the movie stars and rock stars that are so strung out that they kill themselves with drugs and alcohol. They have the false belief that everything has to be fun RIGHT NOW or it sucks.  The truth is your happiness has more to do with serving other people than you might be willing to consider at this moment.

Adjust your daily focus to how you can help others and your career will flourish, your relationships will blossom, your health will shine. And you will look back at the end of your life and be satisfied beyond measure.

Let's say that you don't even like half the people you live and work with. Nobody's perfect, but we are all pretty nice people at the root of it.   If you force yourself to ask this question with total expectation of
getting an answer, you will be shocked at how many good qualities that you can find about everyone you know or meet.  Take the next 24 hours and ask yourself, "What can I admire about _____?" concerning everyone you meet or spend time with, especially the people you don't necessarily like all that much.

This exercise, if done seriously, will allow you to see people for who they really are. You'll find out how really lucky you are.  Those are the people in your life.  They may be there just to teach you valuable lessons...Have you ever heard, "Let's make the most of it?"  Your life IS the people in it.

So to make the most of your life, make the most of those people and write down today's question... And ask it often.

Today's Winning Beliefs

-- I get pleasure from helping others
-- I notice the good in other people
-- I'm lucky to have the people in my life
-- I'm learning all I can from everyone I know
-- Others are teaching me now
-- I'm enjoying myself now

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