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Friday, February 24, 2012

The Accident of Your Experience

I was talking with a pretty smart business observer, who said, “I don’t think the lives of many people in this town have turned out the way they expected.”

At first I thought he was referring to overwhelming smart-phone addiction, but thinking further my life sure hasn’t been what I was planning in high school, college, the early years.

It’s not better, it’s not worse, it’s just very different. That unexpected sense of differentness makes some people unhappy, makes some people feel rootless. Of course it makes some people feel like they have won the lottery and are living in a fantasy world.

Same world.

My observation is that seldom do we end up doing what we had originally planned, that our external circumstances are the sum of our choices and to a lesser extent what has been done for and to us. We have more control over our internal equilibrium.

Pressure comes from outside, stress from the inside.

Seems to me that a lot the success of Americans comes from following the words of the famous Yogi, who said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

How have your choices changed your outcomes?

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1 comment:

Unknown said...


Gail Sheehy wrote Passages - a book about the journey of life - and noted that every decade the individual goes through a trauma of passage - most notable is the hard times of hitting 30. More importantly in the 50's and later is the trauma of regret for what was versus dreams and expectations.

Due to the economy, I know too many people out of work with no prospect of re-entering the workforce. Not because of lack of intent, but because while they were working, the world changed and they did not notice.

Many have had a satisfying life to this point, but do not have the skills in demand today. They have become obsolete. They got there by accident due to changes in technology and open access to a wealth of information on the internet.

The good news is this access can help them retool for today's need; but it takes effort to recognize it and to learn the right new skills.

One candid person told me they were disappointed that they had to begin learning again - they had planned to simply draw on the experiences from the past to reach retirement. This is like an out of gas race car hoping to get to the winners circle by coasting over the finish line - too many others with gas to burn and the same idea.

Thanks for a thought-provoking post!