My intent today was not to sit down and pen some deeply philosophical piece of designing a well-lived life, or any such. Frankly, I was just going to talk more about how to cram more into your day (which I do still enjoy doing) but instead I’d like to take a moment to talk about how to create more meaning in your day.
Quite frankly, I mess up in this area a lot. But, we all get one shot to create a life well lived, and I am determined to give this one my best shot.
How do you know if you have had a life well lived? I certainly don’t have all, or many, of the answers…but I do have some thoughts.
- Surround yourself with people you love, and people that love you. Whether this means family, friends, co-workers (yes, you can love your colleagues). Surround yourself with GOOD PEOPLE. The kind of people that make you feel better about yourself and the world. I worked with an administrator once who said- no I don’t have to like the people I work with, but it sure is a lot more fun when I do. Everyday I feel fortunate to surround myself with good people- at home and at work.
- Do good work. Sure all jobs can be done well, but doesn’t it feel better to know you are making an impact? I love my job, but man- I miss having those deep connections with the kids and families we served. That is LIFE CHANGING work. How many people are lucky enough to say they have changed one life? Yet here we are making a far greater impact than that. Its scary and incredible stuff- changing the world, and yet here we are doing it.
- Appreciate. Appreciate what you have, appreciate who you have. Its simple to say, difficult to take time to do. Appreciate.
And know that I appreciate you. Not just what you do, but who you are.
If you have a moment, I’d encourage you to check out: What is a life well lived?
We love you KP.