Thursday, February 17, 2011

We're Relaxed...Not Lazy

A lot of folks in other areas of the country think some of we Southerners have a…mmm…relaxed…attitude about life.

Ever wonder where the relaxed view of life originated? According to eminent English historian Paul Johnson in A History of the American People it probably started with the weather.

New England Pilgrims in the 1600s faced dramatic weather changes with shorter growing seasons so they had to be industrious and put up food stores for the winter. In the South settlers experienced warmer weather and longer growing seasons so they could relax a little and take life a little slower and easier.

I bet you’re thinking, “What on earth does this have to do with me having a Perfect Workday?”

Sometimes the forces that have an impact on how we think and act are more subtle than we might imagine. If Johnson’s thesis is correct weather/growing seasons effected how we look at life.

What forces rule your life? What impacts could parenthood, aging, health, debt, spiritual beliefs…even the way you go to work each day, have on your outlook on life?

Are those forces changing? Which forces can you change? Which forces will you change?

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