PERSPECTIVES: THE GIFTS – TIME AND LIFE

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“Life is priceless. Don’t procrastinate it away”.

 

(Reworked summary of the final chapter of my earlier book “Over 65 And Still In Demand”.)

 

Money can be printed, but the Gifts of Time and Life cannot. Treat them with the respect they deserve.

Time is of the essence and eventually becomes the variable centerpiece but constant reminder of Life – for us and for those whom we care about and those who care about us.

Identify and affirm your purpose in this life and the passions that drive you. Stay focused. Steer your Life; don’t let it steer you. The past is not the future. Every day is a new day brimful with possibilities, opportunities, discoveries and surprises.

You can be free in a jail or a prisoner in a palace, depending on your perspective and outlook. The choice is yours and note that the consequences may last a lifetime.

Develop the mindset of living rich, not dying rich. Life is not a race to see who gathers the most earthly possessions, since none of us will come out of it alive and there is no use for it in any possible afterlife.

 

Physical

Health comes before wealth in the dictionary. Keep it that way in real life. You will spend your whole life living in your physical body. Treat it well.

As our biblical lifespan is said to be three score and ten, it is important to come to grips with the fears of aging and the concept of eventual death – the reality of which cannot be denied. This is not meant to be a morbid reminder, but rather to serve as a wake-up call to enjoy every living moment with the most possible zest you can muster – all 86,400 irreplaceable, non-renewable seconds of every day.

Make the Life in your years count. The concept of aging incorporates much more than the chronology of your years.

 

Social

Count your wealth not in terms of money but more so in terms of relationships, friendships, accomplishments – and ultimately your legacy.

Revisit and spring-clean your relationships periodically. Water and strengthen those that continue to matter and form your support structure. Explore and build new relationships by revisiting old hobbies and taking up new ones.

Stay engaged in your circle of friends and community. There will be times when their support will be valuable, if not indispensable.

Engage people of different age groups and backgrounds. Enjoy your holidays in different countries to experience a variety of cultures.

Volunteer if you are so inclined. In addition to being noble, it also provides an outlet for your energies and the satisfaction that you matter in the grander perspective.

Discuss your Life’s plans with your partner, especially when it involves decisions about retirement.

 

Mental

Open your mind to constant personal development.

Stay engaged and be a life-long learner in a world that offers a multitude of opportunities to do so. Your brain is multi-dimensional in a four-dimensional world. Think of new ways to do things. Read multiple books on different subjects concurrently and see how they cross-pollinate.

Creativity is the prerogative of all. Life does not come with a “limited edition operations manual” and much of what you can do can be self-invented and created unless you follow others like a sheeple.

 

Emotional

Stay emotionally healthy.

Maintain a sense of perspective and let it translate into emotionally positive feelings that enable you to see through the challenges that present themselves throughout your daily life. Ready yourself for Life’s challenges, be it the loss of a job or – devastatingly – of a near and dearly loved one.

 

Intellectual

Keep finding yourself.

Review and re-invent your life periodically. Re-confirm who you are. Re-valuate the road you are travelling, where you are on it, what you have achieved and still want to achieve – then re-energize yourself and go after it. Develop, prioritize and express your goals in writing and set in motion strategies to achieve each one of them.

Dust off and dare to re-dream your childhood dreams. Experiment and develop new interests. Seek out intellectual challenges. Research and write a book. It will stretch you and may ward off illnesses that can eventually deteriorate your intellect.

 

Spiritual

Develop an awareness and understanding of Self, and a reflection of who you are, the reason and purpose of you being here, your relationship with the world around you and your outlook on Life. It empowers you and gives you the necessary humbleness, hope and strength to neutralize any possible onset of vanity, apathy or despair.

Do not live someone else’s Life. Stay true to yourself. You are unique. Your Life and Time are your Gifts.

Let your values be your drivers throughout Life. Every day is a new day for self-actualization. Define what will make you truly happy and fulfilled. Then go after it with all your heart.

Be kind and good to yourself and those around you – whom-ever they are and whatever that may be. You share this universe with all. Be a proud custodian. And don’t give up. Ever.

“Because Dreams are but Achievements-in-Waiting”.

 

Key Principles

  • Health comes before wealth in the dictionary. Keep it that way in real life.
  • Count your wealth in terms of relationships, accomplishments – and ultimately your legacy.
  • Creativity is the prerogative of all. Life does not come with a “limited edition operations manual”.
  • Emotional health translates into positive feelings that enable you to see through Life’s challenges.
  • Express your goals in writing and set in motion strategies to achieve each one of them.
  • Let your values be your drivers throughout the gifts of Time and Life.

Action Steps

  • Enjoy every moment with zest – all 86,400 irreplaceable, non-renewable seconds of every day.
  • Review, revalue, re-invent and re-energize your life periodically.
  • Stay engaged and be a life-long learner in a world that offers a multitude of opportunities.
  • Maintain a sense of perspective and ready yourself for any of Life’s challenges.
  • Find yourself. Dust off and dare to re-dream your childhood dreams. And live.
  • Stay true to yourself. Live your own Life. And don’t give up. Ever.

 

(“PERSPECTIVES” are excerpts from my forthcoming book of the same name, to be published by Partridge Publications in early 2015.

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