We've all seen videos and articles that give us a snapshot of life and how we spend it - this many hours on sleep, that many hours on school, a few hours here on personal maintenance, a lot of hours there at work. It's always a reality check, particularly because we are often so caught up in living each minute that we rarely stop to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. It can be shocking when we do. And it can be the call to action that we need to change the path we are on.
"The days are long, but the years are short."
~ Gretchen Rubin
So often we put our attention on the next deadline; time to get up, get showered, get dressed, eat, get to work, finish this project, make that phone call, eat again (or don't), attend this meeting, produce that report, commute back home, exercise or sit on the couch to catch our breath, prepare dinner, eat again, do some things around the house, prepare for the next day, set the alarm, go to sleep, do it all again. One day we look around and a year has gone by - or 5 years or 10 years or more - and we are left wondering what happened. How would your snapshot of life look at this moment?
It's no wonder that we so rarely stop to take a look at the bigger picture. When we do, it can often feel overwhelming, exhausting and, let's face it, sometimes even a little depressing.
- Where has my life gone?
- What am I doing?
- Surely this is not all there is!
The truth is a "yes/and"
Obviously, we do have limited time on this earth and there are some things that we only skip or reduce at our own peril, such as sleep, exercise, and eating. AND - we do have more power than we often believe to create what we want in all areas of our lives - career, community, relationships, self-care, personal and professional growth, and life experiences. Those are the areas that so often get the shortest shrift even though they are the ones that energize us, replenish us and, frankly, make life worth living in the first place.
"The most common way people give up their
power is by thinking they don't have any."
~ Alice Walker
Now is a perfect opportunity for you to take back the power of your own life and make sure your don't end up with a boatload of regrets instead of a sense of purpose, exciting adventures, and amazing memories.
A Little Extra for Fun
Tim Urban from the website Wait But Why has put together a pretty awesome article with a graph system for life. Based on a 0-90 year span, he has created several graphs that condense time into viewable forms. He includes some entertaining and informative input on different versions of the life graph and even adds some other visuals to bring the point home that this life is ours - we get to fill in the empty boxes and we get to make mistakes and still have the opportunity to pick ourselves up, keep going and change course when we want! Check it out at https://waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/life-weeks.html and download the free blank graph he provides for you as well.
And when you are ready to create the life you want or just enhance the life you have, start your own Best Year Yet plan. You can get more info here: http://bestyearyet.com. It will definitely help you fill in your graph boxes with the things that matter most in this wonderful, finite life. Your snapshot of life will look very different indeed!
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About the Author
Originally from Nashville, Cathey lived a successful dual career as a psychotherapist and a working musician before moving into full-time work as the Chief Connection Officer with Best Year Yet®. She received her BA in Broadcasting, working at the Nashville CBS television affiliate prior to getting her Master’s degree in Social Work.
Cathey has worked with nonprofits, community groups, start-ups and entrepreneurs as well as SMBs and international corporations. She has used her current role to expand her work through training and support of the Best Year Yet® Worldwide Partner network. She is living her life's calling, helping change the world for the better one person, business and organization at a time. She is also still playing percussion with top writers and performers in the Nashville music scene and loving every minute of it. You can easily identify her in the mix by her slightly twisted humor and that little bit of Southern twang that will be there until the day she dies.