Redesigning Your Life

| 3/9/2012 9:32:00 AM

It is never too late to create the life you want 

Most people I know aren’t terribly happy with their lives. Deep down inside, they’re plagued by the fact that things didn’t turn out like they’d hoped. 

For many years, I was one of them.  

Professionally, my life was more than I had dreamed of. I launched a successful writing career at age 30, and at age 37 moved to a beautiful home in the mountains that I paid off in five years.  

I had no irritating boss to answer too.  

I set my own schedule.  

Dan Chiras
3/22/2012 1:06:17 PM

I think you are right about pursuing Society's norms -- what society says is important..And, we often try to meet the expectations of others, including our parents, and end up living lives that are not fully what we wanted, or even partially what we had hoped for. We get drawn into buying things and working are tails off to continue to support our consumerism.

Dan Chiras
3/22/2012 1:01:43 PM

Excellent way of looking at the process of personal growth. I hope lots of people read your comment and think about growth in this light. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, John.

Dan Chiras
3/22/2012 12:59:41 PM

I find those two simple questions serve as a kind of daily check-in with life. We often get so lost in the details of our lives, so preoccupied with getting through the day, checking things off our lists, that we end up missing what we really want. Lately, I've been trying to create more calm moments, more peace and contentment, more enjoyment of the little things in life. I want less harried life and am taking steps to achieve that. I find myself rushing around, getting things done, but listening to that voice that says, "Hey, you wanted less of this and more enjoyment. Slow down. Watch the sun go down while you're putting the chickens away. Feel the sun on your face. Listen to the birds sing." It is definitely helpming me slow down my day and enjoy the moments more.

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