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Finding the Balance

August 20, 2010

If you’ve read more than one of my blog entries, you probably know that I am a big fan of Michael Josephson of Character Counts.  Well, his post today “Finding the Healthy Balance” once again did not disappoint.  Let me share it with you:

It’s both a strength and weakness of human nature that we’re never satisfied for long. Whatever we have, wherever we are, most of us want more and better. When focused on money or power, our insatiability can turn into happiness-crushing greed, avarice, and obsessive ambition.

But in many other areas of our life, our desire for more and better can be a very good thing. For example, in business we should continually strive for improvement and innovation. Similarly, when we assess the quality of our educational or healthcare systems, government integrity or efficiency, or the general state of social justice, we should never be satisfied.

Even in our personal lives, we should strive for better relationships by improving communications and organizing our lives better. And there’s nothing wrong with wanting a better job, one that’s more intellectually challenging, emotionally rewarding, financially remunerative, and socially significant.

To live and enjoy a good life, we need to find a healthy balance between wanting more and appreciating enough. You see, it’s possible to realize that what we have is worthy of gratitude and appreciation, even as we strive for more.

Not being satisfied doesn’t have to be the same as being dissatisfied. Dissatisfaction is a negative state of mind. It’s a form of unhappiness. Thus it’s important to find a comfortable place between satisfaction and dissatisfaction. That place can be the state of contentment marked by true appreciation of what one has and the ability to enjoy it.

In the progression of good, better, and best, better and best are superior to good. But good is still good. Enough can be good.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

So, in reflecting on this and thinking of our “mantra” here at Status Not Quo, I encourage you to take a look around and ask yourself – “Are you settling for the Status Quo” or are there things that you can work to improve in your life – either personal or business?  What is your motivation?  Do you want to make the change to truly improve your situation or is it just a “quest to keep up with the Jones'” as they say..  Look forward to what you anticipate would be different if you pursued making that change.  Would it result in less stress in your world?  Would it make you happy long term or will it just bring temporary satisfaction? 

I was at the orientation for my son’s new middle school yesterday and the principal made a very good analogy.  He asked if you were to go on vacation, would you simply sit around the hotel room, or would you make a point of going out and making the best of your experience?  My encouragement to you is don’t wait until vacation to make the most of things.  Start changing your Status Quo today – we can all use a little improvement, but let’s start with appreciating what we have and make that the foundation.

Warm Regards,


3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2010 12:27 am

    If it’s true that our species is alone in the world, then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little

    Sent from my iPad 4G

  2. September 21, 2010 7:27 pm

    I fully agree with author opinion.

  3. November 10, 2010 12:41 pm

    Thank you for sharing Michael’s commentary! We started posting audio of his commentaries on a new youtube channel – If you end up posting any of the videos, share the link with us via twitter at



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