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Brady Mikusko, Life Coach 
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Do you feel dissatisfied with your life?

 

Do you ever ask yourself, "Is this all there is?"

 

Are you filled with wants that are not being expressed or needs that are not being met?

 

Are you overwhelmed much of the time?

 

Do you live your day according to your "To Do" list?

 

Do you feel stuck in certain areas of your life?

 

Are you at a possible crossroads in your life? Are you hesitant or afraid?

 

Are you doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results?

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Issue: #7
December 2011
TIME TO LIGHTEN UP
Greetings! daisies

Recently I was de-cluttering and unearthed a treasure as often happens-an old poem I've had for years. Reading it, I was struck with the same sensation that hit me the first time I read it-the simple truth it embodies and its miraculous playfulness. It immediately created for me an undeniable feeling of hope and a lightness of being. Then it dawned on me that this is exactly what we need right now, given the state of our world, given the negative messages we receive from mainstream media. 

 

As I read it, I remembered and connected to this essential truth: LIFE IS TO BE ENJOYED. So I send this poem to you as a simple gift in recognition of this annual time of reflection and hope. I can't verify the author of the poem but I believe it is American humorist and cartoonist Don Herold, published by Reader's Digest, October 1953. Here it is:

 

I'd Pick More Daisies

 

If I had to live my life over,

 

I'd try to make more mistakes next time.

 

I would relax. I would limber up.

 

I would be sillier than I have been this trip.

 

I know of very few things that I would take seriously.

 

I would be crazier. I would be less hygienic.

 

I would take more chances. I would take more trips.

 

I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers, and watch more sunsets.

 

I would eat more ice cream and fewer beans.

 

I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.

 

You see, I am one of those people who lives prophylactially and sensibly and sanely,

 

Hour after hour, day after day.

 

Oh, I have had my moments and, if I had it to do all over again, I'd have more of them.

 

In fact, I'd have nothing else.

 

Just moments, one after another.

 

Instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

 

I have been one of those people who never would go anywhere without a thermometer, a raincoat and a parachute.

 

If I had to do it over, I would start barefooted earlier in the spring

 

and stay that way later in the fall.

 

I would play hooky more. I wouldn't get such good grades except by accident.

 

I would ride on more merry-go-rounds.

 

I'd pick more daisies.

   

Exercise

carouselNow that you've read the poem, here's your exercise:

 

What would you do differently?

And when will you start?
 

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May the world seek and find greater love, peace and joy this holiday season and in the new year,

 

Brady Mikusko, ACC, Life Coach
author of Be Smart: Prepare Yourself for Divorce Mediation


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