1. Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
2. Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
3. Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
4. Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
5. Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
6. Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.
Reviewing ancient thinkers can be quite sobering! Twenty centuries have past. I’ve been able to collect mistakes in all six areas predicted by Marcus. Once, a patient on his deathbed shared with me that if he had to live his life again, he’d make the same mistakes over again, only making them all earlier in life.
Let’s try for the next two weeks to be comical and see the positive side of every mistake we make. Yes, please, try it! I can assure you that, if you try your best, two things will happen. One, you’ll definitely be more efficient and all-around successful and second of all, you will laugh a lot in the process (if you don’t, I’ll buy you a beer!). Talk to you in a couple of weeks.
By the way, feel free to add me as friend on facebook (Manuel De La Flor or firstname.lastname@example.org). Talk to you in a couple of weeks.
Dr. De La Flor, licensed G.P./Family Doctor, holds certificates in coaching, nutrition and medical exercise from
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