A friend recently commented to me about his vision of an interesting life. He viewed life as your own personal essay, and that the things you do (or don’t do) add to it. He pointedly asked me if I was adding to my story. A very good question and it has stuck with me. It has challenged me to look at how I am living, and how I interact with people. And it has led to further questions: Do I like how I spend my day? (With the key word being “spend.”) If we spent time like we do money, would we decide to spend it more wisely?
I have had a week of vacation, and return to work today… and this gap time has allowed me to think about my role at work. I am in a new job, where I am still in the learning curve and haven’t decided yet if I like it or not. And I have come to realize that if I invest in it, with time, and dedication… well, I am not sure if it is the right investment. We have investment advisors who provide insight to our portfolios, but we are totally responsible for evaluating our non-monetary “investments.” For example, if we spend 9-hour days at work, 8 hours in bed… we have 7 hours left over for ourselves (take away eating, bathing, commuting, family time and exercising and if we are lucky we have an hour or two for ourselves). So how can we spend our time better? Do we pick better quality jobs? Shorten our commuting? Pick only friends we want to “invest” in?
Hmmm… that’s what I will be thinking about this week. I got only two workouts in while on vacation, my goal was three… so my goal again this week is three 30-minute sessions of cardio and 10 of stretching.
Jordan is a Best Health reader and guest blogger. Find links to all of her posts on the Breast Cancer Blog home page.