At the right speed   dash crazilly, children to school, ourselves to work, must we get it all?

I have often thought about our mad dash into New York and the busy, complex, sometimes very interesting life we had time for just a glimpse of as we passed through.  It reminds me of an article I  found in a Leeds Wine Bar. It's called  TRYING TO HAVE IT ALL ( "a distinctly modern and senseless malaise") and it warns of the problems that come up as we work harder and harder to get that elusive perfect life. I quote:-

"Today the possibilities for happiness have been infinitely extended, never before in the history of humanity have so many people been able to make a realistic go of personal and professional fulfillment. But because there are such bountiful opportunities to enjoy life, it can seem there is something rather wrong with anyone who can't manage to do so, which creates a distinctly modern and senseless malaise. Whatever the technological and social advances, having it all is still an immensely hard task, so hard that, given the constant expectations of happiness with which we are daily surrounded (glossy magazines don't help in this), we in fact risk ending up more miserable than our forebears who never expected to smile very much in the first place." 

  Of course we tend to expect more than we can get; do we really have more chance to be happy than before; I think not and as we dash madly around looking for this heaven on earth we will do well to stop,  relax and perhaps set ourselves more realistic goals. 

John Broadhead

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