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How do you stay grounded?
Are your expectations in life reasonable?
Do you have a good perspective on life?
I consider myself lucky ... I own my own business, have a nice lifestyle, don't much want for anything, am healthy (apart from the odd boxing injury) and really can't complain about anything.
Those things didn't happen by accident, I didn't inherit money or win a lottery ... I worked my way to this position, and I take some pride in that. I strive to stay healthy which doesn't guarantee anything, but I do what I can. I try to change the things that are within my control.
However ... I see people every day living on the streets; news stories from around the world show poverty, war torn countries; places ravaged by weather or other disasters. That could be me ... or my family.
Do I have a good perspective about what is important in life?
There are things I can change and things I can't change ... and there are things I choose to change.
I try to make a positive difference where I can.
I try to be a good role model.
I give back money and time to the communities in which I live.
I try not to hurt people.
I believe that I lead a decent life.
Yet is it enough?
For some it will never be enough, for others it is plenty.
At the end of the day what really matters is that you believe yourself that you have a good perspective, that you are grounded and that you are living a meaningful life ... but you need to give it some thought, do you?
Every now and then something happens to make me think about these things. Today a 35 year old policeman in Toronto was killed ... a young man with a young family working in a job to protect people like me. Life is short ... I ask again, do you have a perspective on what is important?
Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)