“ make the most out of this new world, to avoid feeling overbooked, overstretched, and about to snap, to make modern life become better than life has ever been, a person must learn how to do what matters most first. Otherwise, you will bulldoze over life’s best moments. You won’t notice the little charms that adorn each day, nor will you ever transform the mundane into the extraordinary.”

What a lovely way to think of the bright spots in even our gloomiest days. I can almost see the charms sparkling amid the clouds, the harsh word, or the late appointment.

This passage is from CrazyBusy by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. which was published a few years ago (his newest book is Overloaded Circuits). Hallowell uses what he learned in treating Attention Deficit Disorder to give strategies on handling rampant busyness which he calls the problem and the opportunity of modern life. Sometimes at the dinner table, we share the high and low points of our day. Perhaps, we should only share the charms. I think there is positive power in recalling those moments from our crazybusy days.

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