Let’s see how we respond to the seven questions for week six of 2018, challenging us with this month’s lifeskill, Time Management. These questions are offered by Bob Tiede at At Leading With Questions, from wisdom leaders around the nation and world.*
Question 1: If you had the chance to go back in time and change one thing would you do it?
I am not sure I would. I can think of many things I would want to change. Yet, what would be the consequences of making any one of those changes? Life and us humans are so often unpredictable. I would hope the one thing I change would have the best outcome for everyone. Making that change would not just affect the lives of people but everything around us, generation to generation.
Every moment each of us make choices and take action. There are just too many variables totally out of my control to even imagine the outcome day by day, year by year in everyone’s lives. So, I would rather leave redeeming the past to God while I trust and learn from what comes my way in life. Then maybe I will actually contribute to better outcomes for those who cross my path in the here and now. Today is a new day for doing just that!
Question 2: What is your favorite time of the year?
When I think of the seasons, my favorite time of the year is early spring. I would bet most of us may choose that season for its beautiful weather and sense of new beginnings. Many of us are out planting gardens, jogging down the street, or sitting outside at our favorite café sipping on some special tea or coffee. Somehow, this season brings hope in the hearts of us all. That is, as long as we give this coming spring season a chance.
Question 3: What is the most important thing you could do right now in your personal life?
The most important thing for me to do right now in my personal life is exactly what I am doing. Otherwise, I need to again “pause & reflect” on what is most important in my life at that moment. I coined a phrase years ago. “This moment is your future.” Whatever you are doing right now is part of and creates your future. So, let’s do it well!
Question 4: What is your number one goal for the next six months?
With my most recent health challenge, it will be to let my body heal and become stronger as I gracefully age. Along with this number one goal, I will be realigning my priorities where the joy of the moment reigns supreme!
Question 5: Is there ever a time when giving up makes sense?
Sure. This is particularly true when it is out of our control to do something about it. Time is a precious gift. We also need to remember giving up doesn’t always mean failing, losing, or giving in. How about shifting our mindset from losing to simply “giving up to gain” something else? You have then given yourself the opportunity of time to see the bigger picture and possibilities ahead.
Question 6: What word best describes the way you’ve spent the last month of your life?
Question 7: If you could live one day of your life over again, what day would you choose?
Since I have two daughters, I would choose the two days my daughters were born. They were such precious little babies. Every day that passed I watched them discover new things all around them. I feel so much joy whenever I remember those times. I even feel a little younger again! Maybe that’s why having grandbabies around is such a wonderful way to go back in time to the unique joy those times gave us.