Like literally thousands of other travelers, I was caught in the airline meltdown Wednesday due to storms and tornadoes. After watching one flight leave without me and two others cancel, you might think that my reaction would be one of frustration. It probably would have been under normal circumstances. Wednesday was far from “normal.” (more…)
Archive for October, 2010
You may recall that I’ve been writing about my daughter’s quest to fulfill her dreams of attending medical school. After completing her Medical Masters degree this year, she signed on for the MCAT (application exam) for the 5th time.
Who remembers the definition of insanity? That’s doing the same thing over and over again (i.e., MCAT) expecting different results. (more…)
I recently saw a stage production of the play, Candide, which was taken from a book written by the French philosopher, Voltaire, in 1759. The premise of the play is the spoof on everything in life is happening for the best and even when catastrophic events occur life goes on as it should.
The main character, Candide, is on a global odyssey. He is naïve, optimistic and believes that most people act in good faith and are good and honest. He spends many years traveling the world experiencing life’s painful journey—losing his love, fortune and faith. He then returns to his roots and home with those good and loyal friends whom? he lost along the journey, including his true love.
In the end he finds happiness in the simple things in life surrounded by loved ones who he can trust. He ends his journey back where he started.
As Allison and I talk about finding the Upside in life from our book, Upside: How to Zig When Life Zags, I find this wise story a parallel to one of our sustainable success premises. Sometimes you have to go away in order to come back home–reflection, life experiences and even great difficulties can lead you to a path of real happiness. Loss is part of the flow of life.