Do you have a minute?
Seems like just the other day we were enjoying the heat of summer and now fall arrives… Wait a minute; I live in Austin – it was hot the other day!
That however, is not the point.
We now have less than 100 days left in 2014 which not so long ago seemed shiny and new but, for some of us, is now looking a little bedraggled. Subtracting holidays we're somewhere around 60 days left in the office plus or minus.
Make them count.
In the last few weeks a confluence of personal and professional events has underlined for me again how fast things change. A family member died, my relationship broke irreparably and I moved. Talk about a lot.
We perversely pride ourselves sometimes on our ability to handle the stressors and impact of unplanned change, and resilience is a core skill which can be developed. You should get good at rolling with the punches: life has a habit of testing us.
But let's not let our ability to recover quickly diminish the value of what counts now.
Planned or not, we know change happens axiomatically. So what are we going to do with that knowledge? How are we to invest our time and talents today in light of the ultimate certainty of change?
We love to talk lightly and blithely about keeping calm and carrying on. We make personal problems take a back seat to the demands of the job, socializing and staying engaged. Perhaps this is good. Perhaps a little unhealthy. Probably some of both.
Maybe we need a time out to reflect. Accepting the inevitability of change might let us reorient ourselves to what matters now – right now – and be a little less blasé when life shifts unexpectedly.
Here's the action step for improving the quality of your life in light of change: figure out what really matters to you and devote yourself to that.
Forget the rest.
- The loved ones in your home and heart? Make sure they feel your love every single day.
- The profession you practice? Embrace it and give it your all or find another field that makes you want to do that.
- Your neighborhood and home? Give a damn about your local issues and get involved.
All the rest? Forget about it.
Focus on what really matters today for the same things will feed your soul tomorrow.
We have one less day left in the year – and our lives – than we had yesterday. Spend your time wisely on the things that really matter.