As a kid I was small and skinny. Too studious and too serious to be popular. So I devoted myself to learning all I could, to getting through school and getting on with life as soon as I could.
As a young man, I decided to get into business. I worked hard and applied myself so I’d move up the corporate ladder and be able to have all the things I wanted…
…and would be able to retire early to a life of ease and luxury.
But “making it” in the corporate world meant doing things I was not comfortable with. It meant giving up some values that had been hardwired into me by my parents.
The usual path for pursuit of stuff and leisure was not for me. I tried to find a different path to the top, one that allowed me to retain my values. Blazing my own trail did not work out and I lost my way.
When I found my way again, I discovered that contentment comes from simplicity and the love of a few good people. To have a friend I must be a friend.
I needed to learn where my power comes from. Realizing that I am not the center of my life allowed me to draw on that power. That power helped me to grow personally and professionally.
No, my life did not turn out as I envisioned it so long ago, but it’s all cool now. I’m happy at last.