End of Day 1


Life, love, Poems, You / Friday, February 22nd, 2008
We have these bi-weekly learning sessions at work – and what someone is taking up next week is ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ – and as so often before, synchronicity touches my life again. The chapter assigned to me for preparation and discussion is chapter 2 – Begin with the end in mind. And it starts with an exercise where you close your eyes, and visualize (you guessed it) your own funeral happening a few years from now. You imagine people from the different areas in your life talking about you – what would your lover say? Your friends? Your colleagues? Your clients/business partners ?

And I was just shaking my head and thinking, there is no escaping this.

And I sat through, and read the whole chapter – and I might even give the whole book a shot (yeah I know, it’s a good one, but it’s so popular, I find it difficult to pick up anything so popular )

It goes through the placing principles at the center of your life as opposed to work/play/pleasure/partners/friends – and creating a balance among the different areas in my life.

And of course, finding out what is important for you.

In terms of fundamentals – what I will do is :

LEARN

Share what I learn or TEACH

WRITE

GROW

LOVE

PLAY

SHARE

LAUGH

NURTURE

And how does this reflect in the goals I set for myself this year – earlier at a staff conference?

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Fitness:

  • Mental: Regular reading, restart chess, eat good food, join mensa
  • Spiritual: Restart regular meditation/Yoga atleast 2 days a week
  • Physical: Regular running, play soccer for a team, and get tennis back to competitive levels

Writing:

Financial goals:

  • Save x%
  • Own a particular asset
  • Invest regularly

Inter – personal Goals:

  • Closely inspect self for commitment issues
  • Avoid frivolous dead end relationships
  • Look for mutual growth
  • Be genuine and make genuine friends

Guidelines for achieving goals:

The Art of Living by Epictetus

Desiderata

The Invitation

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As the psalm says (from Chaper 2 again)

‘Search your own heart with all diligence for out of it flow the issues of life.’

Do not stand at my grave and weep, for I will see you on the other side.

4 Replies to “End of Day 1”

  1. I am like that in the sense its very hard for me to pick anything way too popular but sometimes I guess there’s a reason why they are sooo popular..

    Either way Sydney seems like treating you well. You sound like woken up from a long slumber 🙂

    Refreshing stuff, keep it going!

    -Paddy

  2. I am like that in the sense its very hard for me to pick anything way too popular but sometimes I guess there’s a reason why they are sooo popular..Either way Sydney seems like treating you well. You sound like woken up from a long slumber :)Refreshing stuff, keep it going!-Paddy

  3. thank you!

    I feel the same – the feeling of waking up and getting down to the important issues is quite refreshing – it helps that i am not spending an hour getting to and from work..

  4. thank you!I feel the same – the feeling of waking up and getting down to the important issues is quite refreshing – it helps that i am not spending an hour getting to and from work..

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