• Arlene Zachmann


As we begin a new year, we tend to think about our physical and mental health. Some of us start with New Year's resolutions. If we are perfectly honest with ourselves, our new resolutions are not all that much different from former ones. February approaches and there we are, forgetting what we want to change in our lives. Robot-like, the days pass as we go through the motions of our everyday lives, never asking ourselves: is this the life that I want?

Change is hard. Real change is harder still! How do we perfect the art of living a fulfilled life? We begin by being kind to ourselves. So often, we blame ourselves for everything negative in our lives. Self-discovery is very revealing. We are always learning something new about ourselves. Why is it that we often blame others in our lives instead of thinking through our choices, our words, our behavior?

Perhaps begin with one thing you would like to change. Presently, we are living in a world filled with impatience and restlessness. We are not patient with ourselves nor others. Anger is the underlying cause of this impatience. We want to change things in our worlds, but where do we start? It begins with awareness. Compassion and wisdom follow.

“You shouldn’t give circumstances the power to rouse anger, for they don’t care at all.” Marcus Aurelius


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