1. George,
    These are topics I have focused on for many years. So, here are a couple of my takeaways.
    One of the best books I’ve read in the past two years is “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End” by Atul Gawande. Also loved his first three books. Every one of us has an appointment with death, we just don’t know exactly when but we can rest assured it’s on the calendar. So, as the sage said, live every day as if if’s your last because someday you will be right.
    Time is neither short nor long, fast nor slow. Time is what it is, a precious gift for us to use as we choose, every moment, every day. A 90 yr old friend once told me life is short, eat dessert first and always take the biggest piece. When I asked her why the biggest piece, she said, “then you don’t waste time deciding which one to take!”
    I have not been concerned with being happy but in finding meaning, purpose and fulfillment in my work and my life, I have and continue to enjoy a measure of contentment I would not have imagined 50 years ago.

  2. I like these reminders a lot. Thanks for posting for us all to benefit from. My two takeaways from your takeaways:
    * happiness is internal, not external, and mostly found through gratitude for what I already have.
    * do things for myself, and be present when participating in family or social leisure events. Make the most of both work time and play time. (Your “Sunday” point, plus other things I have read ecently lead me to this.)

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