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I recently started to read Tolkien’s classic “The Hobbit” to my oldest son Hayden and stumbled upon the following description of dragons.

“Dragons steal gold and jewels, you know, from men and elves and dwarves, wherever they can find them; and they guard their plunder as long as they live (which is practically for ever, unless they are killed), and never enjoy a brass ring of it.”

How sad.

Imagine aspiring to have all of this treasure but never being able to enjoy it?

My question today is, are you that different?

Do you work long hours and don’t take time to relax and reflect on your efforts?

Have you always aspired to earn a lot of money, but now that you do, you find that it’s not enough?

Would you do anything to reach your goals, often at the expense of others and assume that everyone else does the same?  Does this make you suspicious of the motives of others?

Do you spend more time with your work colleagues than your family?  And do you rationalise to yourself that this will change one day?

Do you think that you’re so important that you can’t afford to take time off from work?

Life’s too short to be a miserable consumer of goods.  There are more important things in life than working ridiculous hours, neglecting your marriage and your kids.

It’s time to get our priorities in order.

It’s time to find joy and meaning in what we do.

Are you an unhappy dragon?

If so, what are you going to do about it?

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