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Last November, we had a empoyee day, during which we could attend yoga classes, run 5 km with an olympic athlete, attend conferences on health.

On that day, I attended one conference that I think changed my life forever. It was Dr. Serge Marquis, a doctor who specializes in organizational health. He presented an extremely entertaining, 2-hour conference, on the importance of enjoying every minute of our life and being in the present moment, and gave us important tools to deal with every day frustrations — either accept them, or give yourself the means to get what you really want. For me, 3 key-sentences remain from this conference:

  • Do I have a problem right now?
  • Who am I hurting?
  • Don’t miss the show.

Hearing this man was one of the most exceptional events of 2006 for me. His speech was very close to the philosophy of yoga, but it was very interesting to hear it confirmed by a scientific.

Dr. Marquis recommended a few books during his conference, among which Stephen R. Covey’s First Things First, and Eckhart Tolle’s The Power Of Now. I ordered both just before the holidays, and I received them today.

I’m already simultaneously reading a few books right now, but I started flipping through First Things First already, and I so can’t wait to have more time to read them. However, already, I’m going to take this advice literrally: do the most important things first. On a daily basis, that means doing yoga before anything else. Because you never know when a crappy work day will come and you’ll be stuck in the office until 7 p.m., ruining any possibility for a practice.

Day 1 of getting up at 6 a.m. tomorrow! Wish me the courage to give myself that kick in the butt!

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