I had the opportunity to see a presentation given by Arianna Huffington this past week. Best known as the Publisher of The Huffington Post, she is also the author of 18 books, the latest of which is entitled Thrive.
Named one of the world’s 100 most influential people, there is no question that Miss Huffington is an intelligent, educated, successful and dynamic business woman, but it was collapsing from exhaustion that taught her that a good life is ultimately about managing stress, setting priorities and maintaining balance.
In her book she discusses the fact that life is a dance between making things happen and letting things happen, and she outlines four pillars of life that contribute to a happiness: Well Being, Wonder, Wisdom and Giving.
Drawing on her Greek heritage, the presentation was colored with a potpourri of life events that helped her chart a course toward obtaining wisdom in her life. She passionately believes that our choices determine the type of life we will lead, and that no one is wise all the time.
A successful life is ultimately determined by how quickly a person can course correct when the critical voice in their head starts to surface; and anyone can improve their life by prioritizing what they are going to put their energy into. Anyone’s life can become easier and better by making small strategic changes.
Always a fan of letting go of the weaker parts of myself, I found this presentation to be both thought provoking and entertaining. I came away inspired to keep doing what I love any way that I can.
I shall take with me her advice that we live in accordance with the words of Rumi: “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favour”.