When we were young and our parents read to us the story of Goldilocks and the 3 bears, we did not understand that in the world of interpersonal relationships, as with most of life, there is a delicate balance between too much and not enough.
The Thanksgiving holiday is a great example. We often indulge in over-eating and drinking to the point of feeling more stuffed than the traditional turkey.
As we take a break from our hectic work schedule and visit with relatives, we realize perhaps at the end of the weekend that we still have not had a chance to do a few things for our own personal needs. Reading a book, taking a walk, listening to music, calling a friend we haven’t talked with in a while: necessary ingredients for successful living include finding time to recharge our batteries.
At our site we have tried to assemble “laws” that will help guide you in many areas of your life. Financially, the 10% solution says pay yourself first before paying everyone else to make sure you can accumulate your wealth.
The time of your life is as important as money. Scheduling an hour or two of time just for your personal pleasure-without feeling guilty about it– is an application of this important concept.
A more relaxed and cheerful you will then be better able to have positive interactions with others. And to those of you who “don’t have time for all that family stuff”, you may kindly disregard this message.
Regrettably, you will probably die a lonely person.
If you cannot find time to connect with loved ones over a few important holidays during each year, when will you?
Real wealth includes more than money. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
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