Live More Intentionally
The turning of the calendar represents an opportunity for change. Who can resist a clean slate and a fresh start? This year I am determined to:
- Listen more, and do so more carefully
- Practice yoga every day – even a single pose
- Cut my cable (kind of late on this one)
- Start planning an epic trip
- Read War and Peace
- Write letters by hand
- Give others the benefit of the doubt
- Leave a smaller environmental footprint
- See more art
- Find reasons to celebrate
- Be kind
- Live courageously.
The year’s end is a poignant reminder of time passing, and time so precious. We miss loved ones who are no longer living on this planet. So we try to live each day with grace, gratitude and compassion – for ourselves and others.
“Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.” – e. e. cummings
I’ve been thinking about how our questions define who we are today, and who we will become.
At a conference last week, I attended a session focused on questions. Not scientific questions or the questions we ask others in clinical practice – the focus was on questions that we ask ourselves. This inspired me to think about some of the big questions I should be asking.
Here are three of my top questions for 2015-16:
- What do I want more of in my life?
- How can I better contribute?
- Where do I need to work harder, and where can I scale it back?
To paraphrase Voltaire:
“Judge a person by their questions rather than by their answers”.
Nine things I’ve always wanted to do and haven’t gotten around to yet
The first week of classes always feels like a fresh start. Just as students are wondering about what lies ahead in order to accomplish their dreams and aspirations, I am feeling inspired to consider some of my own outstanding “to-do” items. Here are some of the things on my Bucket List – not all are related to teaching, but all relate to learning, and in my mind that is as it should be.
1. Be inspired attending a TED Talk (in person)
2. Take a chance and enter a poetry contest
3. Join thousands of other students and enroll in a MOOC
4. Step outside my comfort zone and teach a MOOC
5. Witness the drama of dining at Hell’s Kitchen
6. Mine life’s experiences and write a novel
7. Eat perfect, delicious sushi in Tokyo, Japan
8. Enter a whole new world at Burning Man
9. Hear stories of the sea on a cargo ship across the ocean
Our time here is precious and finite. What’s on your bucket list?