Occupy your life

I can find only three kinds of business in the universe: mine, yours, and God's. Much of our stress comes from mentally living out of our own business - Byron Katie

The Occupy movement is about taking back control of the financial decisions that have an effect on all of us. This is a good thing. But this photograph by Ann Douglas reminds us to also occupy our own lives and to focus on our own decisions and actions, not just those of others, however important.

Has 2011 left you feeling listless, hopeless, jaded and desperate? Learning to occupy your own life could restore your energy, enthusiasm and creativity.

Occupying our lives means worrying less about all the things that are beyond our control and a little more about the things that are within our control. So you can worry less about global warming and more about whether you walked your dog today or spent time with your children.

Its about thinking less of what could happen tomorrow and more of what we can and should be doing today. So you can worry less about whether your pension fund will take care of your retirement and more about the time that you waste on Facebook and Twitter.

Its about focusing less on what can happen to us and more on what we can do. So you can worry less about being a victim of crime and more about your own road rage or impatience.

These are small shifts.
But they have the potential to bring our attention back to here and now, to our own affairs.
Thus they empower.
They animate.
They help us occupy and live our own lives fully.

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