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​​​​​​​​​​​​​November 16, 2018  Hustling has become a celebrated state of being in today’s culture.
Some people hustle to get things done and scramble to get to the top of the ladder as quickly as possible because they have to; others because they can’t stop.
Hustling may help you get ahead at a faster pace so you work hard to climb what you believe is the ladder of success. But sometimes you reach the top only to find the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.
If you are working your tail off on the way up, think how you’ll feel when you hit the wall.
Being motivated; striving to attain personal goals is a good thing. But being stressed out, even burned out, when you have to make important decisions is bad. 
On the other hand, we may climb the ladder that’s closest and easiest to climb. But it’s a ladder we don’t really need or even want to climb.
Ultimately, many of us realize it’s better to be at the bottom of a ladder we want to climb than at the top of one we don’t want to climb. Take this to heart: don’t be in a mad rush and end up at the top of the wrong ladder. Why pursue someone else’s agenda instead of your own?
Spend time focusing inward through mindfulness rituals, mantras, journaling, prayer and gratitude reflection. Bring clarity to your daily circumstances and decisions. 
This morning, I found myself hustling too much so I took a break and spent 30 minutes journaling recent events in my life––ones I’m grateful for, as well as ones that trouble me. When I finished I felt refreshed. The exercise was a spark plug that led to two things.
I discovered an important relationship I’ve been neglecting so I sent a text message to a person I care about. I’ve meant to reconnect with her for nearly six months.
Then I wrote this column.
The time I spent focusing inward and finding clarity was important. Our minds are powerful and our thoughts create ripples in the world around us. 
A heightened level of consciousness and awareness (young people call it mindfulness) elevates us in countless ways. Interesting things, good things that are outside of our immediate purview begin to happen.
Bringing clarity into our lives, brings the best out of us and into everything we do––we treat ourselves and others better, communicate more constructively, do things for the right reasons and ultimately improve the world we live in. 
The moral of the story is this: The best time to take a deep breath is when you don’t think you have time for one.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​November 16, 2018 I received a Happy Thanksgiving email today from Science Care. If you haven’t heard of them–and even if you have–please read on.
Science Care’s reason for being may be a touchy subject for some–but it is a subject that comes up while families gather together.
Perhaps this column will prompt you to start a conversation. Please consider it. Look at my suggestion this way: the words thanks and giving are meaningful during the holidays; this is the season for giving.
Science Care is a remarkable organization that gives hope to future generations through an end-of-life option that you or your loved ones may not know about. Body donations are extraordinary gifts. They contribute to the advancement of treatments for conditions like Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, ALS, arthritis and many other medical diseases. The list goes on and on, that’s only the beginning.
Science and medical research depends on such gifts. There is no cost for final arrangements.
Science Care works with the world’s most prestigious, well-respected medical schools, research hospitals and medical device companies. They help support physician and surgeon training programs and assist in the development of medical products, procedures and treatments.
Sooner or later we are all faced with end of life preparations. We prepare wills, living wills and healthcare powers of attorney. Then the subject of burial and cremations services comes up along with their hefty price tags.
Consider one more step, donating your body to science. No matter how many tangible items you may leave behind, can there be a better, more lasting legacy than advancing medical and personal health research? 
Visit or call 800.417.3747 for more information. Learn what to expect. You will be amazed at the process. The website explains in detail why people join. There are research stories, testimonials and donor stories. Find out how Science Care donors are making an impact on medicine.
Science Care has a HOPE Program for hospice patients and the terminally ill if you are inquiring on behalf of a loved-one.
Please make a difference in the world. Even if it’s one you haven’t considered before.

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