“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” –Charles Kingsley
What are you enthusiastic about?
Your daily life?
Your view of the future?
If any of those things are not where you want them to be right now what are you doing about them to get them where you want them to be?
Do you have a plan and a goal?
Do you have the focus and desire to become more than what you are today?
“A man’s life is interesting primarily when he had failed, for it’s a sign that he tried to surpass himself.” — Georges Clemenceau
This brief piece of text is excerpted from “Learning as a way of being” by Peter Vaill, the quoted section is part of another book written by Chittister called “Wisdom distilled from the Daily”, pg. 24, The Rule of St. Benedict,
“Benedict teaches life is a learning process. Western culture and its emphasis on academic degrees, however, has almost smothered this truth. We have made the words ‘graduation’ and ‘education’ almost synonymous. We measure achievement in academic credits. We discount experience, depth, and failure. We believe in action and results and products and profits and youth, so we come to regard the elderly as essentially useless.
But in the end, all of that kind of achievement is nothing but a spiritual wasteland if along the way we have not attached ourselves to the discovery of truth, the cultivation of beauty, and the recognition of the real learnings in life.”
If you believe that things are passing you by perhaps it is time to slow down and reflect on the beauty that surrounds you. Action, results, products and profits are seen as the currency of value when in reality the currency is truth, beauty and joy. Which do you pursue with the most fervor?
Value significance – value your significance in a turbulent world.
What are your values?
– Where do you stand on education (yours)?
– How clear are you about your emotions? (Overly emotional, or lacking emotion)
– What is your attitude about finances (borrower or saver)?
– Is there a spiritual component to your life?
– Are relationships important in your life?
– Do you value family?
– Do you value community?
Have you taken an assessment of the things that are important to you recently? Score your values from 1 to 5, 1 being not important to 5 being very important. Then grade those values from 1 to 5, 1 being not satisfied and 5 being very satisfied. Is the most important value graded highly or is it in need of some help?
If you have important values that are low scoring then what do you need to do to improve that value score? What is holding you back from getting a five on that value in terms of satisfaction?
When you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror do you see the person you want to see? Is the person you see a person of integrity? Does that person live a life that reflects their values?
Do you believe in yourself? Do you immerse yourself in positive thoughts? Do the words “I can” and “I will” dominate your thinking? Do you say to yourself “I can make a difference”, “I can change one thing today?”, and then do you go and do it?
Take a look at your values. Write them down. Score them for importance and for satisfaction. Look for those areas you want to change and begin setting the course for change.