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Observation on Discontent

Monday, January 21, 2013

I have subscribed to Chris Guillebeau's blog, "The Art of Non-Conformity: Unconventional Strategies for Life, Work and Travel" for several years now. It is from his website that I found the basic model for my journal on setting goals for the new year. I especially liked his blog for today, January 21, 2013, titled "There's No Such Place as Far Away."

Chris is writing a new book, and he has been gathering research material by talking to people from all over the world. He says that a few observations are slowly coming through, and the first one he lists is this:

"Observation #1: Discontent is the fuel for transformation."

So many of us don't make changes in our lives until we hit rock bottom or when we are so discontented with how we are living that we know we absolutely must pull ourselves up and start making those changes. We can't make excuses to wait for just the perfect time. It never comes.

I like his quote about perfection:

"Waiting for perfection is like waiting for the world to change: a way to defer responsibility."

Not only does he use Richard Bach's phrase "There's no such place as far away," he also says "There's no such time as 'someday.'"

Since I've been retired, I've realized that my "someday" is now. On one of my journal pages this year I've cut out magazine letters to form the words, "If not now, when?" I am so aware that whatever it is in my life that I've always wanted to do, now is the time to start. All the different ways of saying "Time Flies" is so true.

Chris ends his blog today with this powerful sentence:

"Sometimes you just need to pay attention to the discontent and see where it leads."

Gee. I think he's talking right at me.

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    Hmmmmm.... I wish ALL discontent ended so positively!
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    Very interesting. Thank you for the link and the quotations.
    3000 days ago
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