For some reason, the changing of the seasons always reminds me to take a look at the changing of myself.
How do the things I say and the way I say them affect those I care about? What can I do to be a better person, a contributor to the world we live in? Are there things about my personality that need work and what can I do to improve this? Am I working toward the bigger picture, even if I don’t know yet what that is?
I have answers to all of these. For starters:
- I am quick to anger. Blame it on the Aries in me, but I have little patience for those who divert from my planned course of action. Key word: my. To resolve this, I must remember that just because something is different does not mean it is wrong.
- Help out those less fortunate. Yes, we are all caught up on our busy lives but this is something everyone thinks about at some point or another. What am I doing to help? Right now, the answer is nothing (unless you count recycling), but I recognize this needs to changes ASAP.
- I procrastinate like crazy. I need to learn not to thrive under deadlines as much of the stress I put on myself can be eliminated through doing what I can today instead of waiting until tomorrow. This is applicable to both personal (packing up our house, paying bills) and professional (working later hours, waiting to write that press release until the very last second).
- Yes, I can happily say that my life is not stagnant. We’re buying a house, our careers seem to be accelerating at an acceptable rate and I try my hardest to find the joy in the little, everyday things. I may not know what the bigger picture is just yet, but I’m finding (read: hoping) that the smaller pictures will eventually lead me there.
So, as September changes to October and these last shreds of summer sun fade into autumn leaves, I challenge you to take a some time and reflect on your self. What makes you you these days?
You’re the only one you’ve got, so make it a good one.