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There is no denying that progress is a sign of our times. With all the modern conveniences we’ve been afforded, one would think people should have a great deal of free time each day; in fact, the opposite is true.
Our culture is overworked, overloaded and over-scheduled, more often than not leading to pain instead of progress. In Margin, Dr. Richard A. Swenson, M.D. suggests a prescription for marginless living. By focusing on four key areas of our lives – emotional energy, physical energy, time and finances – we can regain freedom and rest in our life while re-focusing on nourishing relationships and service to others.
Though the concept may seem counter-cultural, cutting back can actually move you forward. Reevaluating commitments, decreasing spending and learning to be content in all circumstances will keep you from falling prone to the pressures that result in the loss of margin in life.
If any lesson is to be learned, it’s to not let life simply happen to you. By failing to plan and prioritize, life soon takes over. By establishing processes and filters for your life, you learn to avoid the overload and pitfalls than keep so many captive each day.
By refusing to succumb to the world’s standards and instead embarking on a purposeful plan towards simplicity, you’ll find that not only will you have a renewed sense of peace in your own life, but that your family will benefit as a result.
Dr. Swenson gives a practical and enlightening look at the problem, the prescription and the prognosis for turning an overloaded life into a life with margin.
Sounds like I need to read this book. Talk about timing!
It’s simple, but profound!