“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”― Lao Tzu
Are you satisfied? I am never satisfied with myself, and I am 73 years old. There is always something more to do and plans to make. I want to make myself better. I want to learn more. I want to never settle into a stagnant life.
I realize there will always be intrusions. There will always be interruptions and obligations, but I sometimes chafe over that responsibility.
I have always let life shape me and often watched as I let it hold me back. Now, I am questioning why. At this time in my life it is not past the time to shape myself. I could look at my life, my age, and tell myself it is too late. That is not true. As long as I breath, I can learn and change. I can get better.
It is time to reassess and to ask myself some important questions. How do I want to live the next years of my life? What is important and what do I need to change?
What about you; do you want to make changes too? Here are some questions to ask.
Are you happy? That is an important question; one we should ask ourselves all the time. It should not be too difficult to answer. We should know, although I personally think there are layers, or levels, of happiness.
Do you feel good mentally and physically? We all have a tendency to ignore our own feelings and our health. We think of the people who we love and have an emotional connection with, before ourselves.
Are we learning new things? This is an important one for me. It is so important to have an active mind. There are so many options for doing research, and learning new things. Make it a habit to introduce something new into your life.
How meaningful is what you currently are doing, either work or personal activities? Do you feel like what you do matters? Does it add value to your life, or to someone else’s?
How can I get better? I ask myself this one all the time. I am new to blogging and writing and I am always looking for ways to improve. Asking ourselves that question could apply to any aspect of our life.
Do I procrastinate? I do, I know I do, and I am trying to establish habits to be better. I believe a high percentage of us procrastinate. Just think about how much more effective we would be if we pushed ourselves to simply step up and get it done.
What else should I be thinking about? Life constantly evolves and so are we. The questions we ask should also change to reflect the changes in our life.
Following this simple exercise on a continual basis can be life altering. One that will change us and make us better in every aspect of life.
I think of it as taking control of my life instead of life controlling me.
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been.”—T.D. Jakes