It’s up to you


by Tim Thompson

This post originally appeared on Mango Communications.

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These three precepts sum up the essence of a good life. Humility is a concept that seems to have faded over the years. So has work ethic. Some people feel that they should just do the minimum to get by when the reality is otherwise. You don’t have to work 80 hours a week to be successful; it’s more about the quality of your work than the quantity. Anyone that tells me they work 80 hours a week is either crazy or has terrible organizational skills. And of course, be kind. We don’t know what people are going through. I was driving in the fast lane on the highway this week and the car in front of me slammed on his brakes and drove into the center median. I did the same because I was afraid of what may have been on the road, however, there was nothing. I got out of my car and said some unpleasant words to the driver in front of me. He was an older gentleman and he didn’t respond – perhaps he was in shock. My reaction was wrong as I didn’t know why he did what he did. Instead of yelling at him, I should have been kind.

Always remember that it’s in our hands to make the changes in our life to achieve our goals and be happy. Blaming others is a process with no positive outcome. If you are not happy with your relationship, your job or your boss, your weight or physical condition, then don’t make excuses or wallow in negativity. Take action and make the necessary changes that will ameliorate your life.

That’s the ultimate question. Because the things that you are most excited about will drive you in your quest for happiness. If you are not excited about your job, then quit. If you stay too long in the shower every morning, then it’s time to start looking for another job. If you’re not excited in a relationship then it’s time to figure out why and either fix the issues or move on. If you’re not excited about a new adventure, then it’s time to reconsider. Our passions are what should drive us; living a life without passion is not truly living.

This is a tough one. I always seek justice in life and tend to want to battle the people who have done me wrong. However, taking the high road is always the best decision. Have I always done this? Truthfully, no. But I will keep trying.


Tim Thompson was born and raised in Montreal and has a degree in Sociology and Psychology from McGill University. He is the President of Radio Marketing Solutions which includes 947 HITS FM and Wild Country 965. He is also the President of Mango Communications and a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters West Island.