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Chapter 1. Do You Need Balance? A Bluepr... > Wherever You Go, There You Are

Wherever You Go, There You Are

Look around you. Wherever you go, there you are (which also happens to be the theme line from the 1984 classic Buckaroo Bonzai). What does that mean? Try as you might, you can't avoid taking yourself with you. In other words, you run through life at breakneck speed, too busy to really look at whether or not you are satisfied with life, and the speed factor helps you to continue to avoid looking. Then something happens. For some people it was September 11, which forced them to really examine whether all the attention on career and even material values was worth it. What was really important? For others, a health scare, the death of a parent, caretaking an elderly parent, a child's problem at school, being laid off, or something innocuous . . . simply a moment in time that calls into question values and meaning . . . forces them, or forces us, to look at whether the path we are on is really the one we want to stay on.

Is it a midlife crisis? Not really, though very often midlife or mid-career, when we are going full-tilt with all the pressures, we are forced to examine what it all means. Regardless of when or why it happens, this sense of urgency, “The Urgency Factor” as we call it, has many people questioning: “Is that all there is?”


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