Thursday, July 8, 2010

What's Important to you?

My friend Tony Anders wrote an interesting blog on "Who am I?" yesterday & it got me thinking about how we define ourselves. He had many interesting thoughts about how people define themselves but I also believe that people define themselves by what's important to them! So I started to explore this question in my mind & I thought I would share the 10 things that are the most important to me. I'm going to exclude the obvious: Wife, Kids & Family. I hope you like this list & I would love it if you'd leave me "What's important to you" below (in no particular order).

1. Getting a job - As many of you know it's been over a year that I've been unemployed & although I'm not hung up on not having a job, I believe it's time to find one again.

2. Self Growth - The best thing about not having a job is that I've had time to truly explore who I am & continue to grow through the work I do on myself.

3. Be Love - I continue to work on loving everyone that comes into my life & trying to radiate the love I feel out to the rest of the world. When someone challenges my love, I try to understand why this person is a challenge & grow through the challenge.

4. Be Sustainable - Heidi & I continue to work on doing what we can to be more natural with local products & recycling, etc. I believe if we all take even small steps we can make a huge difference in the world.

5. Help Others - I have been volunteering since I was very small but as my work-life got very busy over the past several years I didn't have time to volunteer or help others. I have rediscovered the joy of volunteering the past year & I'm currently involved with many groups.

6. Be an instrument of peace - I have learned in my life that war is unnecessary for the most part & the differences between us make us unique, they aren't something to fight over. Through dialogue & understanding we can end war in our lifetime & have a world filled with peace.

7. Continue to write - I have discovered that the process of writing this blog has been very fulfilling not only because of the wonderful comments people leave but because it's helped me give thought to things that are important to me.

8. Be with Nature - I have truly rediscovered my love for nature. It's always been & even when my life has gotten busy I would go back to nature to reconnect but with the limited budget I've started camping again & truly appreciate being back in nature & the earth. I will never allow this connection to go away moving forward.

9. Exercise - Along with reconnecting with nature I have truly enjoyed my daily bike rides & our increased hiking. I will continue to push myself forward with these small joys in my life even when I am able to get back to work.

10. Be the change you want to see in the world - This is the most important to me. I want to be able to help change the world even if it's in a small way. I hope to always be an example going forward & when I falter I want to learn from the experience & become a better a person because of it.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into what's truly important to me. I do find joy in every moment but I also understand that I still have much to learn in my life. Life is an amazing gift & I appreciate the opportunity to become a better person everyday. Thank you for being apart of my journey.

Till Monday,



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Tony Anders said...

The great thing is none of those "things" are things and can be found in a retail store or in a catlogue. Yet they are readily available with proper focus...(Maybe the job poses a different challenge ;) ) Thanks as always for your thoughts! (Will have you an article by the weekend!)

YogaSavy said...

Interesting post. Below are mine.
Raising my boys to be compassionate,respectful and contributing beings.
Yoga, teaching and living it
Helping others
Being non judgmental
Sharing love and friendship
Living with awareness
Would be interesting to read others points as well.
Thank you Bill

Timberwolf123 said...

Tony, Thanks for the inspiration for the post. I like "things" as everyone else does but I also understand that these things won't make me happy so they'll never make my list. I look forward to your guest blog.


Thank you for your kind words as always. I also appreciate you sharing your thoughts. I love many of them but especially being non judgmental, something we all can work on everyday.



Sharon Hoehner said...

A very good topic. Lately I've been journaling my top 3 Gratitudes and it's been helpful to appreciate all those little things in life that I may not have paid attention to if not consciously looking for them.

My dog, my daughter, yummy healthy foods and something from nature usually top the list.

....Petty Witter said...

Hello, I saw your site mentioned on FaceBook's Get Your Blog Followers and thought I'd stop by. An inspiring post, I thought your list very humble - no mention of wanting to win the lottery or anything like that.

Top of my list would have to be to get through each day with as little pain and as much laughter as possible.

Nice to have met you.

Timberwolf123 said...

Sharon, Thanks for joining in the discussion I do gratitudes/gratefuls everyday as well, it's a good practice to get into. Wonderful list as well.


Thanks for stopping by. I've found in my life that material things , although they're nice, aren't very important in the long run. Life is about discovering what's important to your soul (true self) not your EGO.

Hope to see you around more.



chitra said...

Landed on this blog through fb,What thought provoking post.Simple, down to earth, love for fellow beings self motivated... . happy to have met you.Lot many things to learn from you.

Timberwolf123 said...

Thanks Chitra, I appreciate you coming by. I try to always be thought provoking & I'm always very upbeat!! Hope to see you around more.



Liz said...

I have loved reading your blogs. It is funny that the last couple years because of different circumstances, I've had to be home more and growing deeply too. I could just say ditto to your list. It is funny how on the surface we seem like completely different people, but we have so much in common.

Timberwolf123 said...

Thanks Liz for the comment. I think when we look past the surface or the box/judgment that we make of others we find many if not all of us are similar inside. Some of us can express that more easily but we are all the same energy & that energy has created everything we know so in truth we are all connected to one & another & we share much more then we think on the surface!