How Building Railroad Tracks Decreased my Stress

railroad tracks

Dear Self,

There’s so much to be said for boarding a train and enjoying the journey.  When you get on a train you first choose your destination.  Once on board you relax and read.  True, you might change trains along the way, but you trust the railroad tracks to get the train where you need to go.  

In twenty years you’re going to look back on life and regret the way you lived.  Contrary to popular opinion, just because you’re overbooked doesn’t mean you’re living your best life.  Just because you’re not squandering your hours with mindless activities, parties, and retail jobs doesn’t mean you’re doing what matters most.  And, just because you rearrange your schedule every Sunday doesn’t mean you value your time.  In the same way that someone will one day regret that they frivolously whiled away their youth you will regret the intensity with which you stressed yours away.

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The Art of Saying “No”

The art of saying no

Dear Self,

It’s time your yes meant yes and your no meant no.  You’re like the girl from 27 Dresses who doesn’t know how to say no and gets herself in a whole lot of things she never meant to all because she couldn’t say N-O.  So, let me teach you a new way to think of the word no.

Saying no requires a yes.

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