This year, we are blessed with have a five-day-long weekend for Lent.
It’s definitely a great time to go out of town and get a change of scenery.
I also know that it’s a wonderful opportunity to just stay home, rest and spend some quality time with family.
Personally, I’m going for the latter and choosing a “staycation” – because I like going to the beach in August, among other list of reasons.
In any case, during this Lenten break, wherever we choose to be and whatever we decide to do – there is one thing that we’ll all have – and that is free time.
Don’t give me an excuse that you’ll be busy, because I know you won’t be.
Or at the very least, I know you can afford an hour or so to be alone with yourself, with no worries and work pressure, within the next few days.
And that is why I’m encouraging you to use that free time and reflect upon these five questions and scenarios.
I’ve done this myself in the past and I can guarantee you that it will be one of the most insightful experiences you will have with yourself.
Think back how you were five years ago, and compare how much different your life is today.
Five years ago, what were your worries, your concerns, your problems? Five years ago, what were your priorities, your goals, your dreams? Are they still the same today?
Chances are, much of your problems and your dreams back then are no longer part of you today. Understand that people grow, and they should grow for the better.
If you see that nothing much has changed – that your problems are still the same and you’re nowhere nearer to your dreams, than ask yourself what have you been doing because you’ve just wasted five years of your life.
Promise yourself to make a change today.
Since you’re already in your past, try now to remember the last time you did something and failed miserably.
I value my failures, not because I’m a masochist, but because every time I look back, I always learn a new lesson for myself.
Your failures are not memories you bury deep in your subconscious; they are precious gems that you polish because they give and increase your value as a person.
From the past, let’s move to the immediate future and imagine if scientists suddenly announce that the world will indeed end on December 2012, how differently would you live the rest of the year?
Answer this question first before you read further; and I encourage you to imagine all the things you’ll still continue doing and specially, all the things you’ll do instead.
This question, in my opinion, helps you realize what is truly important in your life.
Observe how most of the things you want the most today, like that new gadget or that elegant bag, isn’t as important when the world is about to end. Remember your answer here and use it as your motivation to live a better life.
Ask yourself right now, what job would you be willing to do for free?
Like the previous question, this one never fails to give me a sense of meaning. It is a great way to remind me what I’m supposed to be doing with my life.
Giving yourself an honest answer not only presents a glimpse of your passions and interests, but it likewise serves as a gentle reminder that life is too short to stay stuck in a job that you hate.
Ask yourself, would you be willing to take an emotionally demanding job that will require you to work 15 hours everyday for the next five years? The reward? You’ll be paid $1,000,000 after.
Yes, that’s a million dollars or roughly more than 42 million Philippine Pesos. Imagine that much money in exchange for your time freedom and possibly, your social life, for the next five years.
Would you do it?
I’ll answer this one after you share yours in the comments section below.
For now, I’d like to end by sincerely wishing everyone a safe, restful and blessed week ahead.
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