I have a small calendar on my desk at my work and home office. The one at home is a picture a day of famous works of art from around the world. My interest in art hit an apex a couple of years ago after I spent a week in Florence, Italy with my oldest son, who is seeking a master’s degree in Art History. The one in my work office is a spiritual/motivational calendar with daily thoughts and/or Bible verses.
Recently, I came across one with the caption, “Never try to cover up your past regrets by making new ones.” I love this. In my book, Mustard Seed Faith, I wrote a fair amount about positive and negative momentum. When things are going your way, it seems like it is almost impossible to lose. Unfortunately, the corollary is also true. When things are not breaking your way, it seems impossible to reverse course. To go from overcoming insecurity to living with an abundance mindset takes a great deal of effort and desire.
Most, if not all of us are motivated by accomplishments and accolades. We spend a great deal of time, effort and money investing in our futures so that we can become something bigger and better than we currently are. That’s why the majority set goals, especially at the beginning of a new year, quarter or month. The problem is, most of them are only good intentions because not only do a scant few percentages of people write their goals down but an even smaller number actually accomplishes them.
The same can be true when we are working and trying to ‘Be Different’ in our communities and through charitable organizations. Often, we start out with very lofty aspirations while neglecting opportunities that are right at our doorstep. We are busy people. And if we are not careful we are apt to miss some great and important opportunities that are right in front of us.
If you’re like me, and most other people, you live your life with way too much fear. Fear of failure, fear of disappointment, fear of rejection. I could take the rest of this post to list out all of the things we live in fear of, but you get the point.
When I first began considering the idea of leaving my company that I had worked at and led for 33 years, I was terrified. I graduated from college on Saturday and started working at the company on Monday. Before that, I worked there after school in high school and on breaks when I came home from college. It was truly the only thing I had ever known.
I recently read an opinion piece by Lee Siegel in The New York Times entitled “Why is America so Depressed?” The subtitle is what drew me in, however, I have to confess that after reading the article that my response to it, through this post, has changed.
The subtitle was “It’s no coincidence that our politics and our mental health have declined so rapidly, at the same time.” I read the article prepared to read another meme about how one party is right and one party is wrong. Or why a certain group of people who believe a certain way are to blame for all of the problems in our society today. What I came away with was an agreement with Mr. Siegel about the mental health problem in our country today.