Your Symphony

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A high-powered corporate executive came into a doctor's office for a checkup. He showed overwork and stress. He was warned to slow down, to take up a hobby -- perhaps painting -- to relax. He readily agreed.
The next day the executive phoned and announced enthusiastically, "Doc, this painting is wonderful! I've already done ten."

We don't need to be corporate executives to suffer from too much negative stress. It's easy to feel overwhelmed. You may be wondering this very minute whether you have time to read this page!

E.B. White once reported in the humor magazine "The Joyful Noiseletter" that turtles live an exceptionally long life. Scientists, he cited, are searching their blood for some clues to their longevity. He speculated that perhaps the turtles' blood vessels stay in such nice shape because of the way they conduct their lives. They rarely miss an opportunity to swim and relax in the sun. No two turtles ever lunched together with the idea of promoting something. They do not go to meetings and conferences. No turtle ever phoned another turtle back. They never use phrases like "implementation," "hard core," or "in the last analysis."

Maybe we don't need to be a turtle to find solace. Nor do we need to change jobs and move to the country. Slowing down and learning to hear the music, instead of clatter, can soothe one's soul in the midst of a busy life.

William Henry Channing gives us an excellent model for whole and happy living, free from negative anxiety and unhealthy stress. We can hardly do better than this:

"To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony."

Steve Goodier is a professional speaker, consultant and author of numerous books. Visit his site for more information, or to sign up for his FREE newsletter of Life, Love and Laughter at

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