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Beginner's Heart

Beginner's Heart

beginner’s heart, moral outrage, & finding a balance ~

Stephane Hessel, NPR photo

He doesn’t look 94, does he? And in fact, he probably shouldn’t even be alive. Much less 94. So I’m hopeful. Because Stephane Hessel is not only alive, but still outraged by what’s wrong with the world. And he should know.

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Hessel, a French Resistance fighter in WWII, survived capture by the Germans. Survived it twice, through escape. And now speaks of the necessity for moral outrage. Stand up against “what makes you unhappy, what makes you furious,” he says. Because the alternative is for things to go quite wrong.

Thank you, Mr. Hessel. I’m not as good as I would like at tolerance, but you gave me a hint. It wasn’t simply moral outrage that kept you alive — it was something else, as well. Hessel “credits his own long life and good health to something very different; luck, love, happiness and poetry.” That’s good advice for each of us.

 

  • http://www.trainingbusinesspros.com Paul Tobey

    First of all let me say that I really like your comment that said stand up against what makes you unhappy. The reason why like this is because many people focus on what’s going wrong in her life and because of that they end up getting the same things by focusing on what they don’t want instead of what they do want. In my world people generally tend to split their focus mostly on the side of what they don’t want and it seems like your blog post is going in that direction and I really like it so thank you for doing. The funny part about all of this is is I’m actually presenting a course in Calgary right now for some really excellent people and in mybusiness training courses I really like help people to see not just the how to’s but some of the intent behind what they do. My feeling is if you can’t be happy at what you’re doing you shouldn’t be doing it. If you’re doing things just to pay the bills then your focus is in the wrong place. You should be going after what it is you want and avoiding the things you don’t want like the things that make you unhappy. Thanks for the opportunity to share my do I hope to see more from you in the future.

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