Balancing myself

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
I’ve read this book once before, and I’ve skimmed sections of it a couple of additional times. But this time, I read it like I meant it.
This year, I’ve chosen “balance” as a theme word. Heaven knows I try; heaven knows I do not succeed. This book really addresses the issue of balance, though it doesn’t necessarily use that word. This is also one of those books, which, if read and followed properly, involves some work. Which is why it took me three months to read it.
This time around, I actually wrote a personal mission statement (which is Habit 2 in the book). In the past, I’ve thought that was a fine and dandy idea for some day in the future… Now I’ve done it! And I understand why I avoided it earlier: it takes some work. But I’d say it’s worth it, and now each day feels like a mini-challenge to live up to the standards I’ve set for myself. (Note: most days = Fail)
True confession: There were times when I was really not in the mood for this book. There are moments when I just don’t feel like improving myself. Sometimes I just want to read an astronaut book and eat chocolate and peanut butter. There it is.
That having been said, this is one of those books that I think can actually change a person’s life. For Gen-X slackers like me*, I’m guessing a regular dose is probably required. Yes, what I’m saying is: Re-read as necessary.
I’ll be back.
*Yes, that’s written in jest. I ain’t no slacker, despite the chocolate and peanut butter weakness, and I am a bit irate that we poor Gen X-ers are so characterized. I mean, really.

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