Well, here I am sitting on the other side of the 60-year mark, contemplating “making a living or making a life.”
This year has been filled with reflection, remembering good times and not so good times. I think about legacy and passing on life lessons to the next generation. Earlier in this calendar year, I was faced with the “Make a Living” decision. I searched; I applied for several positions. I came across a previous employment position I held a couple of years ago. I applied, I interviewed, and I was offered the job. A sigh of relief. . . Job security. Then, reality struck. I had all the qualifications to execute the expected role, but…. it did not bring me satisfaction or joy. Thanks to my loving partner and soul mate, I was supported in my decision to resign from that “Make a Living” job.
Today, my focus is on Making a Life. I lean on the words of Woodrow Wilson –
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand.”
I have my ideas, dreams and plans floating around in my mind. They are all ready to be planted, cultivated, and wait patiently for the harvest.
I will carry on, allowing the Maximizer’s Creed, by Dr. Ron Jensen to provide inspiration and motivation.
I will take charge of my life and make a difference
I will live my life with a sense of dignity
I will embrace problems as positive opportunities
I will center my life on universal principles
I will passionately pursue my mission
I will keep all areas of my life in balance
I will put others first and honestly serve them
I will cultivate my character and spirit
I will keep adjusting to needs
I will never, ever, quit.
Life is too short to not live my ideal life. Here I come…