The Best Advice You Will Get All Year

The new year is winking optimism, opportunity, freshness and renewal at us all. And to help make 2018 a great year, I am again sharing brilliant advice. Promise. Here it is.

I repeat this same post every Christmas. It’s that important. And somehow, I always seem to do a pretty poor job at following its key message.

I know if I can do this, it will make this year a triumph of mindfulness and happiness. It can for you too. If you’re up for it. Here’s that gem.

“Take more time, cover less ground.”

So said Tomas Merton, quoted in Daniel Klein’s powerful philosophy on the best path to a happy and fulfilling life, “Travels With Epicurus.” Klein goes on to suggest another powerful habit, which I reckon dovetails perfectly with this theme (and which I wrote about, sort of, last week):

“Be clear what gives you pleasure, and do more of it.”

I love the ‘fresh start’ January brings. It lifts my spirits, and makes me feel ‘anything is possible.’ Sadly, history tells me that by about March, I will have sunk back into the depths of deadlines, ‘to do’ lists, pressure, and a string of broken promises with myself. I lose sight of what drives, inspires and gives me purpose. But not this year. No, no, no!

Take more time, cover less ground. Be clear on what gives you pleasure, and do more of it.

I reckon- hand on heart- if we can do this well in 2018, it will be a very special year. Good luck with it. And I hope a regular dose of Possums makes it to your ‘pleasure list.’


Thanks all for another Possums year, all 15,000 weekly subscribers and followers. Possums is taking a break now until mid January. Have a wonderful festive season. And a big thank you to darling Martine, who does the hard work getting the blog posts out. Martine- you’ve stuck with me on Possums for many, many years now. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. xxxxx Chris

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5 Responses to The Best Advice You Will Get All Year

  1. David Pring December 13, 2017 at 12:49 pm #

    Thanks Chris, timely and simple advice for our 2018 resolutions, something we should all keep front of mind. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a successful 2018, keep up the blogging you have a thirsty reader base for your sage advice.


    • Chris Savage December 13, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

      Thanks David!!!

  2. Caren Doyle December 13, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    Thanks Chris. Great advice. I always try to remind myself ‘to just breathe’ when i start spinning my wheels.

  3. Andy Lyons December 14, 2017 at 12:03 am #

    With your words of wisdom taken to heart, I’m like a race horse in the starting gate waiting for the new year with my sights set—-unselfishly, I’ve finally come to terms with—on me, yet all the while with a watchful, dutiful eye on my clients: the ones who me helped get to this point. You’re so right: don’t totally retire and by all means do not close the door on those clients because once we do, we can’t get back in. Besides, I love them! Well, most of them.
    But now it’s just weeks away from ME Time. Bookings are on the calendar for 2018. It’s hard to say no—such is the life of a forever freelancer—but I’m trying to limit them. My good clients understand: better for me, better for them.
    And finally I understand as well. ME Time is good time and it’s about time it happens. As I’ve learned all too often, tomorrow doesn’t always come.
    2018 going to be a great year!
    May it be the same for you. Thank you again for your scholarly advice and friendship. Maybe one day, we’ll even meet in person! Best wishes always.

  4. Jaqui Lane January 5, 2019 at 10:51 am #

    While this seems to be a re-run of late 2017 post I get it. the advice is good.Mine would be slightly different. Taking more time to walk more ground..aka make time for my hiking and this, apart from writing it what gives me pleasure. Already planning 3 hikes this year rather than two.

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