After Labor Day, many of us shift into high gear. Anticipating a busy Fall, we re-ignite our energy for the months until year’s end. Sometimes, however, despite determination and perhaps an unhealthy fixation on lists and goals, plans go astray.
Not too long ago a weekend turned out differently than what was planned. Saturday and Sunday were supposed to be the perfect combination of necessary tasks and fun events including a neighborhood ice cream social (we were hosts), a Saturday night wedding, house guests for dinner and Sunday overnight, studying for a Teacher Training, a Board meeting in the mountains and preparations for Labor Day travel to Mexico City. This didn’t include house cleaning and laundry, walking the dogs, shopping and cooking some meals. Sound ambitious? We didn’t think so! Needless to say, the weekend was mainly full of racing from place to place, short on time and completion of any one task.
It’s human nature to overestimate our capacities and underestimate time. The same applies when we travel: we want to see everything and end the day with tired feet. How exhilarating to feel exhausted yet satisfied to have taken advantage of opportunities. Yet, here’s the rub…before long we experience burn out. The vacation is no longer fun! The big picture about what we truly care about fades in the back- ground. Relationships suffer because there’s little time for them. We return from a trip more exhausted than when we left.
When Senator John McCain passed away recently many accolades focused on his ability to live in the moment! He trusted that he was exactly where he was meant to be. Many also talked about how McCain was always in a hurry, as if in a race. Maybe he was! Many of us are! Regardless of his crazy schedule, however, McCain excelled at living aligned with his values. How might we also enjoy a fully engaged life, aligned well?
Here are a few tips for winning the Fall Race while staying true to yourself and what matters most.
- Pick three people you admire and write about the characteristics that emote your admiration. How might you embody these traits?
- What are your top values and how do they “show up” in your life?