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  • In the business world, where we continually see words such as wealth and prosperity in lockstep with the word growth, I can see how easy it is for people to get hypnotized by the idea of some future state of perfect plenitude. As a society we are so habitually dedicated to the notion of constant forward motion, in terms of economic growth and abundant lives, that when the momentum slows, stops all together or even worse, reverses, we tend to panic.

    Of course, this perfect state we dream of never really arrives because by insisting on constant growth we continually have to set the bar ever higher. In this continual quest for an inherently unreachable state of plenty we can become desensitized, unable to find that visceral inner feeling of doing, being or having enough.

    Downturns and challenging economic times, then, can offer us a golden opportunity to step back, reflect, and find that inner gauge again. We can ask ourselves:

    What is enough?

    We find, quite often, that initially we don’t know the answer to that question. But in taking this journey of enquiry we are brought face to face with our values and undertake a crucial examination of what it is we truly want from our lives. In this respect, difficult times can sometimes offer us a bountiful harvest of renewed and strengthened relationships, inner clarity, deepened resolve and surprising, life enhancing changes in direction.

    Invariably, this journey also leads us to gratitude. To envision what we still want we must first take stock of what we already have and in many cases what we find is an overlooked and taken for granted embarrassment of riches. In taking this opportune moment to really look at our lives we can’t help but contemplate our mortality and ask: What is important? What is true? What legacy will I leave?

    The answers to those questions, without exception, define our way forward.
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