I was reading Meredith’s Daily Angst post on fortune cookies and goals and found myself commenting quickly before the start of a conference call. The thoughts stayed with me all day, so I thought I would lift and refine those ideas in this post.
I looked in my journal one day when I was 31 and realized that I had achieved all my life goals.
“Now what?”, I thought. I was married, I had the house (mortgage really), I’d been skydiving, rock climbing, seen whales breach and done everything else that I had wanted to do in my life. Only problem was I had a whole bunch of years left and there was nothing more that I really wanted to do.
A priest in our parish a few years back said that the relationship we have with God has to evolve as we grow up. Pitiful are the people who have the same relationship with God at 50 as they did at 10. The same could be said my expectations of myself and my early goals.
At 45, I realized that the goals that I had set and achieved for myself earlier in my life were all task-oriented in nature (much like myself) and they lacked depth and were absent of spiritual meaning. Our aspirations have to change and evolve as life moves from phase to phase. Bucket lists are good, but might it be better if we aspire to be more than what we do and what we have accomplished.
So were you to make a list of goals for the next 10 years, what things would they include would they include? Would you list be more task oriented or more about your internal growth?
Keep it peaceful and simple!