Robert Kennedy on Measuring Quality of LifePosted on November 25th, 2012
Robert Kennedy on Measuring Quality of Life
"The gross national product (of a country) does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. -- Robert Kennedy, March 18, 1968How are we measuring a life well lived? Is it quality of life based on a personal assessment of what makes us happy? Or are we allowing media and popular culture, systems that know nothing about us, to steer us to false measurements? What are the things that need to be happening for you to feel great? Making enough income so you don't have too much financial stress? Spending lots of time with family for personal enjoyment plus the sense of harmony that comes with a house "in order"? Helping others less fortunate? Making time in your life to count your blessings? Having adequate alone time so you can assess things in your life, work and personal? Spending time in nature? Doing things you love whether travel, going to the movies, listening to music, playing sports, watching a ballgame on TV? Having a short commute? The list goes on. You might not have arrived yet at your ultimate quality of life. For example, you have a goal of working within five miles of home and perhaps right now it is not practical. The point is to know what your quality of life drivers are so you can arrive at them as soon as possible but reckoning with So going back to 30,000 feet, what does quality of life mean to you?
Quality of Life Perspectives: Mario Morino on Deprogramming Yourself When You Leave the OfficePosted on August 10th, 2012
Quality of Life Perspectives: Mario Morino on Deprogramming Yourself When You Leave the Office
"Sometimes the characteristics that served me in the business world—a hard charging, driving force — tend not to be the best characteristics for husband and father. So I have made strides in deprogramming myself from the characteristics that are not great to use around the house."http://www.qualityoflifeproject.org/articles/mind-article/854/ This is a very rich perspective he shared. It is fine to blend your work and personal lives, but at the same time you can also divide your work and family life styles. It is not an issue of authenticity. It’s an issue of different worlds. Some people might argue that if you are strategic, results oriented and calm enough you can operate the same way in both worlds. I don’t buy that. I think you have to be aggressive in the business world to get things done. You can do it in a constructive way that lends dignity to others; but you still have to be hard charging. That sense of aggressiveness is what you don’t need to bring home. [Sidenote: I need to disclaim for the 37th time that these are issues I am observing in my interviews; not practices I am necessarily on top of.] I think the same also goes for business language. My wife and I have basically agreed to cut down on business jargon around the house. I’m not just talking about “at the end of the day” (Ryan from The Office style) business speak; I’m talking about more subtle business jargon like "fundamental." “Honey, maybe the fundamental problem with our babysitter is…” Give your spouse a break with the business speak…. Back to the main wisdom bit here. I agree wholeheartedly with (and aspire to learn from) Mario’s wisdom bit about learning to deprogram yourself when you migrate from the office to the home. When you are at home, you don’t need to be on your toes, jockey for position, make things happen, read situations. You just need to chill and hang out.
The Hero’s Journey (On Living in the World) by Joseph CampbellPosted on June 1st, 2012
The Hero’s Journey (On Living in the World) by Joseph Campbell
Quality of Life Perspectives: Mike Krzyzewski Talks about Associating with Good PeoplePosted on February 3rd, 2012
Quality of Life Perspectives: Mike Krzyzewski Talks about Associating with Good People
Essay by Norman Lear, More Reflections on the Meaning of LifePosted on December 9th, 2011
Essay by Norman Lear, More Reflections on the Meaning of Life
Gary Vaynerchuk Shares His Views on Quality of LifePosted on October 12th, 2011
Gary Vaynerchuk Shares His Views on Quality of Life
Quality of Life Perspectives: Eric Bibb Talks About GratitudePosted on July 5th, 2011
Quality of Life Perspectives: Eric Bibb Talks About Gratitude
"For me quality of life comes down to whether I am feeling peaceful, unanxious and grateful for the gift of life. Gratitude is the key to happiness I think. The ability to think, to be creative, to have senses that function, to be able to walk, to have freedom of movement. Those are tremendous blessings and sources of joy. Having enough to eat, having shelter, having companionship, having loving people around you; that’s paradise. Clean water, nutritious food, health, mobility; that’s paradise. I don’t think it’s so much a question of being happy or unhappy because each is part of the flow of life."Here are some of the other interesting perspectives and practices Eric shared that you might find interesting: Mind: Daily prayer Perspective: Realizing our connectedness with others Health: Yoga practice Relationships: Those that want to trip you up Perspective: Discovering your own path Mind: Thoughts matter If you haven't seen Eric Bibb perform, trust me it's a great show...
Top Ten Quality of Life Contributors by Gil GersteinPosted on April 28th, 2011
Top Ten Quality of Life Contributors by Gil Gerstein
Quality of Life Perspectives: Sidney Harman Cites Death of a SalesmanPosted on January 22nd, 2011
Quality of Life Perspectives: Sidney Harman Cites Death of a Salesman
Dr. Harman is a warm, energetic, generous man who also happens to be one of the great businessman of our time. His best known company was Harman International which he ran since for decades, retiring as chairman in 2008. He was writing about the competitive advantage of corporate human development and the importance of company culture back in the 1980’s -- way ahead of the late 1990's gurus. Dr. Harman is also one of those “under the radar” philanthropists who has done a whole lot to improve society.
But my favorite excerpt was Dr. Harman’s response to my question, “What type of people do you admire?”
He responded by citing a passage from Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and then making his point from there. Click below link and look for audio player at top.
When it comes down to it, I think we are all drawn to those people who are doers and don’t feel the need to showcase their successes to others.
But how perfectly did Sidney Harman put it?