Sunday Morning Thoughts

The quote says it all. Why would you put off the finer things in life when you are not guaranteed the opportunity of doing them later. According to the Huffington Post, retirement may be the kiss of death. As the old expression goes ” there’s no time like the present ”

This is the way I have felt during the recent heat wave. Summer is an enjoyable time of year but not when the temperature is over 100 degress farenheit. Temperature records were also set across North America with Denver, Mount Washington, Burlington and Los Angeles in the US tying or breaking heat records while Montreal on July 2 recorded a temperature of 36.6 centigrade – its highest in 147 years of record-keeping. I think we can agree that climate change is real.

I learned a new word today and if there is anything that we could use right now, it’s rain. It’s likely that increased air temperature is linked to extreme rainfall. In the contiguous United States, the number of places hit by extreme one-day rainfall has been steadily increasing since the 1930s. The northeastern coast of the US is also regularly plagued by winter snowstorms, and there’s already some evidence that links warmer Arctic temperatures with an increased frequency of those storms.

Our main purpose in life is to help others but that means being a giver. It’s far more satisfying to be a giver than a taker. Unfortunately there are takers who are basically selfish individuals who either have a sense of entitlement or are simply put, selfish. Be a giver.

Life is fraught with challenges and sometimes it seems like those challenges outweigh the opportunities. Sometimes we have to just go with the flow. In his seminal work, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Csíkszentmihályi outlines his theory that people are happiest when they are in a state of flow—a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand and the situation. It is a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter. The idea of flow is identical to the feeling of being in the zone or in the groove. The flow state is an optimal state of intrinsic motivation, where the person is fully immersed in what they are doing. This is a feeling everyone has at times, characterized by a feeling of great absorption, engagement, fulfillment, and skill—and during which temporal concerns (time, food, ego-self, etc.) are typically ignored.

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