As life moves on, the biggest challenge we all face at a personal level is learning to balance our personal lives with the goals and pressures brought in by the working environment. It is all very competitive out there. And even if we have a safe job, the pressures, the time constraints, the deadlines, and the need to produce and make a profit, or obtain a result, rank very high on our minds.
Maybe you did not know this, but about 186,000 people will not be around tomorrow in the world (that’s how many people pass away every day on our planet according to official figures). Yes, it’s the old “here today, gone tomorrow”. As simple as that (on a positive note, around 256,000 babies are born every day as well).
But besides the sobering thought regarding our own finality, it is also an opportunity to ask ourselves about our own happiness, and how we make life better for the people around us.
It is always a good idea to ask ourselves during the day (and not, as we have always been taught, at the end when it is already late to do anything about it), what difference am I making today? What difference am I making right now?
C. S. Lewis said that “we meet no ordinary people in our lives”. There are always reasons why we must cross paths with whomever is out there (good and bad).
This may be a good time to think about today, yesterday, or last year maybe, and ask ourselves how many people we have said ” Well done, man”, ‘Yes, you can make it!”, “There you go girl!”, or simply “You will do better next time, keep at it”, and think also how many we may have mistreated, taken advantage of, or simply ignored.
How many in our personal and social circle we have said today “I love you”, “I will miss you”, or “don’t worry, things will improve”, or even better, “what can I do to help you?”
Life is too short, and because we need to consume stuff (and before you tell me, there is nothing wrong with acquiring all the stuff that help us lead a better and more confortable life), we race around our own short term urgencies and forget about what is important.
It is a fact that we have been sold on a kind of immortality, or at the very least, an idea that we just enjoy today, lay-by tomorrow, you will have time to do it some other time. Pablo Picasso once said, “you should only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”. With that in mind, I think the point is made.
Stop, think, feel, be good to others, be kind to others, smile more often (it helps to produce pheromones that improve your complexion and are good for your heart), and most importantly, think a little more about “us” and a little bit less about “me”, and your life will blossom. That I can promise.
Have a great day!
©2019 by Ignacio Alperin Bruvera
(S) Ignacio Alperin nació en Argentina, creció en Australia y vivió temporariamente en varios países alrededor del mundo. Posee una experiencia internacional extensa, y diversa, obtenida en una carrera profesional alejada de lo lineal. Hoy en día es Profesor de Entrepreneurship en los MBAs de la Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), Profesor de Creatividad e Innovación (Grado) en UCA Internacional, es un Emprendedor serial, consultor, orador en eventos nacionales e internacionales, evangelista secular, y artista plástico.
(E) Ignacio Alperin was born in Argentina, grew up in Australia and lived temporarily in several countries around the world. He has extensive and diverse international experience, obtained in a professional career far from the linear. Nowadays he is Professor of Entrepreneurship in the MBAs of the Argentine Catholic University (UCA), Professor of Creativity and Innovation (Degree) in UCA International, a serial Entrepreneur, consultant, speaker in national and international events, secular evangelist, and an artist.
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