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Preparing to live

In ~48 days we will be halfway through 2024.

Have you remembered to live?

“We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment.”

Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

If this weekend said anything it was that summer isn’t around the corner, it is here.

There’s something about the sudden change in season that makes you remember that time certainly is passing. And if you’ve been working relentlessly since September, maybe a season of repose is warranted.

It is never too late to create a list of things you would like to accomplish this year. Other than work, subjects include: family, friends, fun, travel, Physical Health, Philanthropy, etc.

Sign up for a race.

Volunteer on a weekend.

Make time for family.

Travel and go surfing.

Schedule more time off!

See below an interesting table summarizing paid vacation days and stat holidays for 21 richest countries (source). A hint that North American culture is possibly off-balance.

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