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Great essay from Lee Berton in the October 22 Wall Street Journal. Lee was 77 years old and “slipping into a hole, physically and emotionally.” Here’s an excerpt:

When a friend asked me how a person adrift can turn his or her life around, my answer was: You kick yourself in the butt. You keep your eyes open. You get curious (if you aren’t already). You ask questions. Most important, you keep a sense of humor.

Yes, those ideas may be trite. But they’re true. They work. Consider these lines from the author Elizabeth Gilbert: “People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you’re fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly.”

Titled Half a Life Made Whole Again, the essay is a manifesto against ennui. Read it here – http://tinyurl.com/cgsg5ks – and then kick yourself in the butt. And participate relentlessly.

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