Diving into 2018 with Eddie Stern
Article by Eddie Stern, 29 December 2017
At least once per year, usually around the time of my birthday or the New Year, I like to have a “purpose-overhaul", and check and see if I am truly paying attention to the people or things in my life that I say I value, that are important to me.
So, I write down a list of three to five things that I value (but not more), and then I look through them and see if I am paying attention to those things. If I am not, but I know that I want those things on my list, then I make another list of the changes I need to make in order to live up to the value’s list. These are not New Year’s resolutions, but rather an authenticity check-in. Am I paying enough love and attention to the people and things that I say are important to me?
Some of the things appear on my list year after year, such as something related to family, to my personal growth, and related to the world. I always feel I can make improvements on these things, on their importance in my life. The list does not have to change, but overtime, I like to see that I do.
It is an exercise of reconnecting, and then of re-committing myself to what is important. Otherwise, it is easy to lose sight, and to get lost. Try it, and see if it works for you. Remember, it’s important to write down your list, because then you see it in front of you. If you are not paying as much love and attention to the things on your list as you wish you were, then make another list of the small changes you could make each day to make that happen. Remember, small tweaks lead to big changes. Happy New Year!
Picture by Michael O'Neill