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The Happiness Choice: The Five Decisions That Will Take You From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Marilyn Tam

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Upturn, Downturn, Your Turn

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin—real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.

—Fr. Alfred D'Souza

Do you often say: “I'll do that when—and the “when” is all about someone or something else? I'll do it when work is less busy, when my parent/child/spouse/partner/friend demands less of me, or when there is more time or money so that I feel okay about allocating some for my own needs. The cause may be very noble; you are dedicated to your passion, to your family, to your job—whatever it may be. The running theme is that someone or something else takes precedence over your personal needs. Your work, family, friends, community, and/or your humanitarian work have priority in your life over you. It/they are demanding more than you have to give and it seems that even that is still not enough.

Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.

—Oliver Wendell Holmes

We read regularly about the upturn and downturn in the economy. When is it your turn? Your turn is now. Time to take care of you. Wait, you say, what I ...

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