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Do You Agree with Max De Pree? August 23, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

“You cannot become what you want to be by remaining what you are.” ~ Max De Pree

He’s got a point.

Unless . . . who you already are is who you want to be.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Aah . . . that’s better!

For more thoughts on Happiness:  TIME Guide to Happiness


1. Rainee - August 23, 2017

I like that quote!

nrhatch - August 23, 2017

Another you might enjoy:

The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place. ~ Barbara DeAngelis

Rainee - August 25, 2017

Good one! Dance of life…sometimes feels more like a wrestle than a dance 🙂

2. Kate Crimmins - August 23, 2017

It’s a conundrum, isn’t it? I’m happy with who I am and where I am but I do like the feeling of growing. Do you leave happy to find a different kind of happy? Perhaps the answer will come naturally as we seek out new endeavors.

nrhatch - August 23, 2017

If we are happy where we are, pushing, stretching, pulling, tugging, and reaching for the next “brass ring” seems to be both a counter-productive and counter-intuitive practice.

Eat when hungry. Sleep when tired. Move when restless.

Kate Crimmins - August 23, 2017

That says it all!

3. L. Marie - August 23, 2017

I agree that it’s necessary to accept the person you are. But acceptance can also mean you’re ready to change.

nrhatch - August 23, 2017

Many try to “do more” and “be more” in order to impress others. When we use an internal barometer, we change to suit us!

4. Jill Weatherholt - August 23, 2017

I agree 100%!

nrhatch - August 23, 2017

To fulfill our Dreams, we need only examine our life and do two things:

1. More of what works.
2. Less of what doesn’t.

Jill Weatherholt - August 23, 2017

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ~ Albert Einstein

5. Tippy Gnu - August 23, 2017

Who the heck knows what happiness is? It’s sort of like pornography. You know it when you see it.

nrhatch - August 23, 2017

I am happy when my life is in balance ~> enough of this and not too much of that . . .

6. Patrick Dykie - August 23, 2017

Great thoughts. I like who I am. I just want to be a “better,” who I am. I hope that makes sense.

nrhatch - August 23, 2017

Yup. Makes sense. Be the best “I’m me!” you can be.

7. colonialist - August 23, 2017

This reminds me of the last stanza of my ‘Who Are You?’

Thus if all life-forces in future should merge,
Your segment retains individual urge,
So see that your ‘you’-ness the heights will, tall, climb –
For you’d like a ‘you’ you could like for all time! 

nrhatch - August 23, 2017

Excellent! Well said, Col.

8. Behind the Story - August 23, 2017

Like most quotes of this sort, he exaggerates. I suspect most of us want to be who we are, maybe with small changes. If we make any of those small changes, in essence, we’re still the same person. But to become different, even in small ways, changes must be made.

nrhatch - August 23, 2017

Good thoughts, Nicki. As we experience/learn new things, our perspective shifts, allowing us to change and grow and expand our horizons. But I suspect that most of us feel like we’re the “same person” . . . with new habits.

9. Debra - August 23, 2017

I think at a “certain age” it is hopeful that we’ve done some of this major growing and changing and can focus on remaining open and resilient. I’m not very eager to reinvent myself right now. That would really confuse my family. 🙂 In essence though, it’s a great quote. I may share it with my granddaughters. They are just now becoming aware of the fact that they control much of their day and can be responsible for their happiness. quotient! I often chuckle when I hear their mother remind them of that! At 9 and 8 it’s a lot more convenient to blame everyone else!

nrhatch - August 24, 2017

I agree. When we’re younger, our choices shape who we become. If we make the “right” choices, we reach a point where we can say, “Who I am is who I want to be.” Then we get to enjoy residing in that state of being, making “minor course corrections” as appropriate.

But it’s a great quote to share with your granddaughters.

10. Val Boyko - August 24, 2017

There isn’t much about contentment and acceptance in current thinking. We live in a capitalist culture where reaching for goals and acquiring is expected as the norm.
On the other hand, I do like a healthy stretch and growth. Being curious about new things and ideas – Traveling, meeting different people and exploring new environments. It keeps the mind open and engaged!

nrhatch - August 24, 2017

I’m with you all the way, Val! Being in a state of “alert curiosity” with an open and engaged mind pays dividends.

11. Ally Bean - August 25, 2017

Interesting comments here. I remember reading an article eons ago that said that the happiest retirees were people who were content with themselves– and described their lives in retirement as “active amateurs.” I love that phrase, and plan on being one myself.

nrhatch - August 25, 2017

Active amateurs ~> I like it!

Willing to try new things just for the FUN of it . . . rather than doing it to impress “them” with our acumen.

12. diannegray - August 25, 2017

So true, Nancy 🙂

nrhatch - August 26, 2017

Here’s to doing two things:

1. More of what works.
2. Less of what doesn’t.

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