I read a lot. Or at least I tell myself that 4-6 books a month is a lot, but probably isn’t. For the past few years the majority of books have been non fictional and if you have gotten into that rabbit hole you know that they are all very similar. Here are two things that comes up in every self help book:
The first idea is that we should Carpe Diem. That life is short, that we should practice gratitude, mindfulness and never take a day for granted. That our time is precious and that we shouldn’t waste a minute. That money doesn’t bring happiness and that we need to remember what really matters in life, because when we die we don’t bring any material things with us. That how much we loved and made a difference is what will be in our minds when we leave this earth. That all we have is now.
The second idea is Responsibility. That our lives are in our hands and we need to take responsibility for everything. That if we want different lives is up to us to go get it. That all is possible as long as we work hard or some will say smart. But that nothing will be given to you, you need to do your part. That you should save your money and invest if you want financial freedom. You should be patient if you want big results. You should plan ahead. And all that jazz.
Here is where my problem lies. How can you live for today and plan for tomorrow? How can I carpe diem and save money? How can one seize the day and be patient? They seem to contradict each other, but all books will have both advices. So how is it possible to do both? The answer I can come up with (or better, my husband did as I complained to him in a desperate moment as I finished another book: The 5am club) BALANCE.
Let’s talk about that word tomorrow.
Thanks for reading.