I was sitting on a bus, listening to the conversations going on around me when one stood out. The topic was “use-by” dates. I was obliged to listen because one of the conversationalists was speaking rather loudly. They were debating the usefulness and validity of use-by dates, noting that some people observe them conscientiously and others take little or no notice and seem to be okay. It got me thinking about my use by date …
What are the decision-making processes that people go through to take up a flexible lifestyle? Is it a process of logical analysis and preparation? Well possibly – but like skiing, it is a dynamic sport. There are always changes in the terrain that you don’t expect.
How do you get to work? Are you sardined into a commuter train/tram/bus lurching in unison with the vehicle’s motion? Do you drive in a swarm of traffic that leaves you stressed and anxious at the start of the day? Or, do you walk to work like a do – along a pathway like this?
Happiness is like a cat. If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you. It will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you’ll find it rubbing up against your legs and jumping into your lap.
~ William Bennett Former US Secretary of Education
Photo credit – Mary Bird