It's About Time
Make your book of life a page-turner
WHETHER we know it or not, each of us is an author, for by the way we live each day, we are writing the story of our lives.
I picture the new year as a beautiful blank book.
Each new day is like an empty page, waiting to be filled. One year from now, the book will be completed -- written by us, day by day, page by page, dictated by our attitudes and the choices and actions we take or don't take.
How did last year's book read? Was each page full of meaning? Or blank with good intentions not realized? Was there a plot skillfully developed and executed? Was there too much extraneous detail and clutter, which distracted from the goal? Was it interesting or boring? Enjoyable or miserable? Satisfying or disappointing?
Is there anything you would do (write) differently? Any lessons learned? Any experiences you want to repeat? Any that you want to avoid?
The unique thing about this "book" is that once a page is written, we cannot go back and edit it. We're writing with indelible ink, for we cannot relive the time gone. Time marches on unrelentingly, and we're propelled onto the current page.
TWO WEEKS into the new year, how does your book read so far?
Do you see a repeat of last year? Is that what you want, or do you want something different? Something more? If the latter, now is the time to begin planning how you are going to write this year's book.
It's no secret that many people spend more time planning their vacation or a party than planning their lives.
I encourage you to set aside some time to think about where you want to go this year, how you can get there and especially how you want to live. It will be time well spent.
If you've never done this, it's not necessary to put undue pressure on yourself. You don't have to make a detailed master plan. Begin with identifying what you'd like to have written in your "book" at year's end.
With your goals in mind, your day-to-day activities will follow.
This can be the year you write your best book ever!
Happy living and writing!
See you in two weeks!
"It's About Time," by Ruth Wong
, owner of Organization Plus, runs the fourth Friday of each month. Contact her at "It's About Time," care of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210, Honolulu 96813; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org