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Mindfulness

From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.

PETER DRUCKER

Wisdom of Perhaps

Donald Altman, psychotherapist and author of books on mindfulness, likes to tell a story that he calls “The Wisdom of Perhaps.” The tale has been told and retold in many different forms, but here’s a quick synopsis.

A man comes home early from work and his neighbor asks him why. The man replies that he has just lost his job. The neighbor says, “That’s the worst thing that could happen to you.” The man replies, “Perhaps.”

A day or so later the man encounters an old friend in the banking industry. When the friend learns that the man is out of work, he offers him a job as a senior executive right on the spot. The man accepts and the ...

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