“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”— Albert Einstein
Recently I have been spending time contemplating where I am, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Am I happy and content? What do I need to do, and how can I do it better. How can I be more effective?
This is not about doing my best for a job or for someone else. This is about doing my best for me, and in turn for those I care about.
What is most important? How about you? How often do you spend time, quality time, committed to understanding what is important?
How many of us slow down to the extent that we understand ourselves?
We are continually exposed to so much and it all affects us. It changes us, particularly when we are not paying attention. Have you done a check-up recently and asked yourself what is important in your life?
Do you ask yourself the important questions? How are you? Are you comfortable in your own skin? Do you like yourself, your thoughts, your actions? What do you care about? Are you happy? Are you growing, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually?
There are a few recent, or upcoming events, that have probably inspired me to do some soul searching.
The big holidays of the year, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then the New Year is right around the corner. Most everyone looks for ways to change, or improve, at the end of the year. So much to think about.
I have been spending time thinking about family. The birth of a beautiful granddaughter, new life. The health of my husband which is deteriorating. My toddler grandson, who is so smart and energetic, brimming with excitement. My teenage granddaughter, beautiful and becoming her own person. My two sons who are such compassionate, intelligent people who I am so proud of. All the stages of life spreading out before me. I watch with love and joy.
My writing this blog; where do I want to go with it? Do I want to make changes? How can I make it better? How can I bring more value to myself and my followers?
Writing articles for Medium. https://medium.com/@lindalatt. This experience has been so enlightening and so challenging. It is an opportunity to write about anything I want, any subject, any experience, any emotion. I am in awe of the others who share their stories. Most of the time I feel I am unworthy of sharing the same place with them.
Writing is something I will definitely focus on in the coming year. It encourages me to learn the craft of writing and to increase my knowledge on many levels. It is stretching my mind and refreshing my brain cells; who doesn’t need that!
What it comes down to is being better. As I have said before, I want to be a better version of myself. I just wrote an opinion piece on Medium, https://medium.com/@lindalatt/does-donald-trump-have-a-moral-compass-that-would-be-a-big-fat-no-does-it-matter-to-you-a1b7c2d62169
Writing it has been a result of many moments of frustration, anger, disbelief and sadness. It is a result of disillusionment of the narrative that exists and the actions taken. It frightens me. I cannot accept that.
So, as a result, I have looked deeper into my own beliefs and feelings. I do not want to be influenced by the negativity that exists in this country at this moment in time.
This next year will be about adding value to my life.
Each morning I will ask myself this question, “What good shall I do this day?”
Will you join me?
The compass of compassion asks not what is good for me, but what is good? Not what is best for me, but what is best? Not what is right for me, but what is right? Not how much can we take, but how much ought we leave, and how much might we give? Not what is easy, but what is worthy. Not what is practical, but what is moral.Carl Safina
As always, thank you for reading my blog.