PERSPECTIVES: PICK YOUR LEVEL OF INVOLVEMENT

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“We are who we choose to be”…Spiderman

 

Spend your energy on what is of value to you. Bypass discourses and arguments that will steal your Time and Life away. Walking away from an argument is oftentimes better than spending emotional currency on something you possibly cannot change.

Then again, when you commit to something important – commit 100% and give it your all.

 

Physical

Choose to stay physically well. It gives you a sense of determination, direction and enhances your self-esteem. Learn to understand your body’s signs. Stay fit. It will help you stave off illnesses. Engage in activities that will build cardiovascular and muscle strength, increase flexibility and balance as you age and challenge yourself slowly.

 

Social

Live in harmony with fellow human beings and other life forms by developing positive relationships through compassionate behavior. Respect yourself and others, and build a strong social and support system that includes both family and friends. Become culturally astute.

 

Mental

Re-affirm your purpose in life. Be optimistic. Believe in yourself. Embrace change. Learn to face challenges and develop the skills to resolve them. Become resilient – know that Life will throw the odd curve ball and that setbacks are part of it. Never see yourself as a victim. Get enough rest and sleep but guard against becoming lazy – physically and mentally.

 

Emotional

Emotional wellness is more than just the ability to handle stress. It includes being attentive to your thoughts, feelings and behavior – both in terms of the positive and that which may be contradictory to yourself, and often includes the “isms”, such as racism, sexism, ageism and others.

Be optimistic. Make personal choices and take responsibility for your own actions. Adjust to change when and where required to enjoy a balanced life despite occasional disappointments.

Build your relationships on trust and respect.

 

Intellectual

Develop a lifelong learning attitude. Get involved in intellectual activities, stay abreast of and explore new ideas, take on challenges, start creative endeavors – and appreciate that these will make you stretch and grow – at any age.

 

Spiritual

Cultivate spiritual wellness. It is part of being well and whole. Participating in activities that are meaningful to you. Make time in your day for relaxation, meditation and appreciation of the Life of which you are in charge. Look at your values, beliefs, morals, principles – do they guide and anchor the purpose of your Life? You are not alone on this planet. How do you fit into the larger picture? Which Stitch are you in the Carpet of Life? Is there love, forgiveness, compassion and joy in your heart?

Transcend yourself on your path to find the meaning and value of your Life.

Pick your level of involvement.

 

KEY POINTS

  • Physical wellness gives you a sense of determination, direction and enhances your self-esteem.
  • Compassionate behavior leads to positive relationships.
  • Resilience will overcome the odd curve ball that Life will throw at you.
  • Emotional wellness includes being attentive to your thoughts, feelings and behavior.
  • Intellectual activities, new ideas, creative endeavors, challenges will make you stretch and grow.
  • You are not alone on this planet. Which Stitch are you in the Carpet of Life?

ACTION STEPS

  •  Choose to stay physically well.
  • Live in harmony with fellow human beings and other life forms.
  • Become resilient – know that Life will present setbacks for you to overcome.
  • Make personal choices and take responsibility for your own actions. Adjust to change.
  • Develop a lifelong learning attitude. Get involved in intellectual activities.
  • Look at your values, beliefs, morals, principles – do they guide and anchor the purpose of your Life?

 

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

 

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