Not everyone feels discontent. In fact, I know some people who would say that there is nothing they would want to change in their lives right now. However, I know a whole lot more of people who want to change their lives for the better – that includes me.
I have found a new “hero” in Ellen Welty, who wrote the article “12 Questions that will change your life.” I seriously had to sit here and think for a very long time as I read what she had to say. You ready for the 12 questions?
1. How do I spend my alone time?
2. Do I pay attention to what my body needs?
3. To whom am I grateful?
4. Do I compare my life to other people’s?
5. Do I spend money on things that speak to my soul?
6. What do I see when I look in the mirror each morning?
7. Have I figured out a way to handle the less-than-perfect relationships in my life?
8. Do I have faith in something bigger than I am, whether it’s God or some other spiritual form?
9. What positive things do I bring to relationships with my husband, my kids, my friends?
10. Is there a space in my home to do the things I love (paint, practice yoga, play cards with friends)?
11. How many hours a week do I spend on my computer, my TV, my BlackBerry?
12. Do I feel older or younger than my years? How often do I feel good about being exactly the age I am?
You know what really struck me? There is no wrong or right answer to each of these questions. Whatever your answer is, the next step is up to you. If you want change, then you will act depending on how you answer these questions. I think I shall spend the weekend pondering on these questions some more. I hope you do, too.