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Take Stock of Your Life
- Written by Chuck Guilford
It's amazing how the minutes can roll into hours, days, months, years, decades, and roll us along with them. Unless confronted with some major life-altering event, we may find ourselves just going along for the ride without paying much heed to alternatives or long term consequences. And as long as our fundamental needs are met, maybe that's okay.
But now and then it's also good to stop and take inventory. As Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." How okay are things, really? How satisfied are you with your life right now, and what could be done to improve it?
How good is your health? Are you getting enough exercise? Are you eating good food with plenty of fruits, whole grains, and vegetables? Do you have access to a treadmill, or to a Tai Chi, Yoga, or Pilates groups?
Have you maintained or renewed the passions and interests that animated your younger years? If not, how could these be rekindled? Do you love to paint? Collect? Make music? Travel? Garden?
These are just a few examples of questions you could ask and answer as you pause to examine your life. You know best what matters to you.
Take a half hour or so to pause and take stock of your life, as it is right now. Use questions and topics like the examples above, but drawn from your own life. Write this down, on paper, in your Blog, or on the Forum to share and discuss with a friend. Compare lists with your friend and discuss how you could take direct action to set your lives on a more satisfying course.