So I decided to pace the room and see what thoughts emerged. Here's what emanated. Perhaps you might find something in them of use:
- It's amazing how important being needed and busy is, at least for some people.
- Relaxing and smelling the roses feels like a waste, not restorative, a waste.
- Busy people contemplating retirement, beware. It may be enticing to envision mornings lingering over a cup of coffee, reading the news, and organizing your living space, but that well may get old. Retirement tends to be like the roach motel: you can check in but you can't check out.
- Do I want to write another how-to book? No. I think people get more benefit per hour from reading article-length advice.
- Do I want to do more volunteer work? No. My seeing pro-bono clients, speaking for free to groups of unemployed people, and significant cash donations feel like enough.
- I worry that my charitable donations won't do enough good. I like funding unpopular causes that I believe in, like education for the gifted and understanding the biological basis of intelligence. But my money is merely a drop of water into an ocean. What better could I do with my money?
- Is there something new I want to do? No, I just want to do a good job at what I already do: career and personal coaching, writing my USNews.com column and this blog, my radio show, being a good husband, answering all my email, being kind where I can, direct when it's wiser. Yes, that's enough.
- The New York Times reported yesterday that hospitals kill 440,000 people a year. In a few years when all those millions of high-need, low-paying people join the health care rolls thanks to ObamaCare, including the 11 million illegals when they become legal through "comprehensive immigration reform," many more will die. Ironic that not only am I subsidizing their health care, I have a greater chance.of dying because masses of people came to the U.S. illegally.
- Despite being so disciplined about everything else, why I can I not stop overeating? I really should lose those 20 pounds, dammit.