Get a Why in Life

Get a Why in Life

Frank’s alarm, was not so gently rousing him from another night of too little sleep.  Though the ringtone was “shades of bliss”, the once peaceful tones now made him cringe every time he heard them.  It was the sound of getting  up to embark once again on what his co-workers lovingly referred to as “living the dream”.

“It’s never too late to start over. If you weren’t happy with yesterday, try something different today. Don’t stay stuck. Do better.” – Alex Elle

Get A Why

Why?, Frank asked himself as he struggled dizzily to get out of bed.  Why am I getting up to repeat yesterday?  I wasn’t happy with yesterday, so why will I do the same things again today, the same things as last week, last month, last year?  Isn’t that the definition of insanity; doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results?  Frank remembered his young adulthood, never wanting the day to end and eagerly anticipating the next.  Now he just existed, struggling to get through the next meeting, work day, or social event.  Frank needed a why in his life.

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Few know why, some know how, all know what they do.” – Author Unknown

Where Are You Going?

By the time Frank pulled into the parking garage at work, his hour long commute with talk radio had fully pissed him off.  He could hardly wait for the daily stand up meeting his oppressive boss scheduled 1st thing absolutely every day.  The elevator doors opened and Frank boarded.  He could not only smell, but feel his un-chosen companions’ coffee breath on his neck.  A moment too late to stop the doors, he realized the elevator was going up instead of down to the floor where his office was located.  As the elevator proceeded to stop on pretty much every floor in the building both directions, Frank had to bite his tongue to keep from laughing at his self imposed misfortune. Frank wasn’t practicing awareness, where he was going in the moment, or in life.

“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will, and creative imagination.  These give us the ultimate human freedom.  The power to choose, to respond, to change.” – Stephen Covey

You Need A Plan

Frank realized that getting on the elevator going the wrong direction was a good metaphor to how his life was going.  His life wasn’t necessarily going in the wrong direction, but no direction at all!  He wasn’t going anywhere!  He had failed to plan.  That was what made his life such a drudgery.  He was just going through the motions, working day in and day out, paying the bills.  Other than retirement, he didn’t have any goals to work toward. Frank was now aware that he needed a “why” in his life.  He also needed a plan to satisfy that why.  He promised himself that moment that he would start today on a plan for a new and more exciting life.

“The first step toward change is awareness.  The second step is acceptance.” – Nathaniel Branden

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