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An unfortunate loser...

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I listened to an english author who has written books about work and stress - Alain de Beton (the name does not seem british but he spoke a wonderful english).

He said that before - maybe hundred years ago and earlier - the english used the word "unfortunate" for a person who for some reason did not achieve her or his goal. It was implied that you can only do the footwork but the result is in the hands of the gods.
Today that word has been changed into "loser" - it is all up to you. As a melancholy scandinavian I would say that it is very american. I love the american "go west"-spirit but I see the danger in emphasizing this "you-can-do-anything"-mood only. I will focus my thoughts on doing the footwork, not producing results.

I am very fortunate to have found Spark People...



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  • AKELAZ
    I like your language: 'I will focus my thoughts on doing the footwork' I really need to do that - I'm always in the past or the future even though I know the present is the building block for the future. Thanks for reminding me.
    3600 days ago
  • JANLEEW
    WE make our own future with what we do now! Interesting how word meanings change in different eras. Keep moving!
    3601 days ago
  • LHLADY517
    well said.
    3601 days ago
  • MARYMAC45
    I definately agree. We need to work on right now & forget yesterday. Mary
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    3601 days ago
  • JMONTIE
    I can't agree more. If we focus on the journey, on being fully in the present, we might be less anxious. I can't change my past and I'm not in control of tomorrow. I can only make good choices right now. The results reflect my choices today. Have a blessed day!
    3601 days ago
  • LYNHALTINER
    I think we are all fortunate to have found Spark People I am finding the greatest help
    3601 days ago
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