My Vistage group really helps me focus on what is important in my life both professionally and personally, and last week’s meeting was no exception. I was reflecting on the meeting when I came across this piece written by Nadine Stair (85 years old)
“If I had my life to live over, I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax, I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but i’d have fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I’m one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had it to do over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after the other, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute.
If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have. If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way late in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.”
So, my questions to you are:
- What is really, really important in your life?
- How is this reflected in where you currently spend your time and energy?
- How has what’s important to you changed during different ages? (10? 16? 21? 30?)
I would love to hear what came up for you and any actions you intend to take as a result.