If you are at least 40 you can likely hear the Missing Persons song playing in your head right now…..”life is so strange when you don’t know….”
To close the gap between where you are and where you want to be, you must know where you are going with real clarity. This is the perfect time of year to do it. It will be the 4th of July before you know it! It is so easy to get off track from your desired destination. Reflection is the key step in achieving direction and giving you a chance to clarify your thinking.The challenge is we live in a “microwave” society and not one that likes to “meditate” on things. Martin Luther King said,
“Rarely do we find people to engage in hard solid thinking. There is almost a universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions.Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”
My father passed away on December 30th after a difficult fight against lung cancer. I am sure many of you have gone through losing a parent. It tends to make you pause, reevaluate your life and take a hard look at what is important. My dad was a great role model in many ways as a parent and a husband. My parents would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this July!
I have great memories of him and perhaps the best lesson: take the time to enjoy the journey and take care of yourself as you are pursuing your goals. Because of my dad, I consciously take extra time to be with our kids and block out the time to exercise and be in great shape.
He really took the time to enjoy his life AFTER he retired. My memories of him before he retired was different. He and a friend owned and operated a Ford Dealership in Spokane. He rarely took time off and did not take care of himself like he could have. That is an easy trap to fall into. After he retired he changed many habits and lived a high quality of life until the last few months.
Take some time tonight to reflect on your current direction. Are you on track? Are you clear where you are headed and what you are pursing? Really think and be honest with yourself. Are there any BRUTAL FACTS you need to confront and take action on right now?
Keep me posted on your progress and let me know what you do.