Real is the person who does not define happiness as an absence of
problems. Surviving this business of living is a difficult ordeal at times.
How can we retain a healthy sense of humor and experience a sense of
balance in our lives? How can we realistically and yet with a sense of
wonder live fully and not just survive? How can we maybe even celebrate
this business of living? To answer some of these questions we will focus
on seven points.
Life Isn't Fair
No matter how good we get at this business of living, none of us
gets out of it alive. Frustrating, isn't it! Life doesn't always deal us
a good hand and doing our best doesn't always pay off with a
Growth is seldom easy and pain is an integral part of our human
condition. Everybody hurts. It's just that some of us are better
actors in hiding the pain we feel. Seldom if ever ... are all of our
ducks in a row.
Loneliness and Alikeness
Dr. Albert Schweitzer said, "We are all so much together, but we
are all dying of loneliness." We have all known moments of
apartness and empty loneliness. Embracing that reality is essential
if we are to cope effectively.
We each have a choice to be either a death-peddler or a life-giver.
We are responsible for the choices we make. We can become
most of what we wish to be if we are willing to change and pay the
A poster reads, "God don't make junk." People are special and
each is, "Beautiful in his/her own way." We are more than our
People Need People
Life is not meant to be lived in isolation. All of life occurs within
relationships. We need to know we are needed and so do those
Life is not just one big problem to be solved. Rather, it is a mystery
to be experienced, all the more meaningful and beautiful when it is
shared and celebrated with other persons who are committed to
"growing deep, not just tall!"
-- Karen Kaiser Clark, The Center For Executive Planning