Listen to the little bird on your Shoulder That says life Balance

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Listen to the little bird on your Shoulder That says ‘life Balance’David Naylor

By David Naylor

Excerpt from book “Small to Great” Authors Ed Chan and David Naylor

With a New Year upon and high expectations and optimism for the year ahead I thought it would be timely before we jump back onto the treadmill to reflect on what is really important in our lives. Finding a balance in your life is difficult when working, living day to day, raising a family or running and building a small business, you are so busy caught up in the day to day stresses and pressures of everyday life or running a Business you become programmed into living life a certain way and you neglect the other important areas of your life, family, friends, exercise, faith and whatever it is that is important to you.

Over the last 25 years we have had many learning experiences and hopefully we have become a little wiser, we have also learnt by reading books, and we continue to learn each day, one such book had a significant impact. “Tuesdays with Morrie” written by Mitch Albom is a story about An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson”… In the book Morrie tells a little story that had an impact on both our lives and helped us refocus and bring back balance into our lives:

‘Every day have an imaginary little bird on your shoulder that asks “Is today the day? Am I ready? Am I doing all I need to do? Am I being the person I want to be? … when you are prepared to die, you are ready to live”. Most of us walk around as if we are sleepwalking, we really don’t experience the world fully because we are half asleep, doing things we automatically think we have to do. Everyone knows they’re going to die, but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently and be more involved in life while you’re living.

Tuesdays with Morrie

Related:  Invest in your Balance Sheet

During your busy day take some time to listen to that imaginary little bird so you can also enjoy the important things in your life.

David Naylor,

Co-Founding Partner of Chan & Naylor
Australia’s Leading National Property Accounting Group


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