Do you have a guiding principle in your life; a purpose or foundation that helps you to make your decisions when you don’t know which way to go? I’m trying to figure mine out right now. After my father passed away I discovered some documents of his that contained his annual objectives, something he’d apparently been doing every year for decades, and at the top of every one of these documents he had written that the principle purpose of his life was to make the world a better place.
Yeah, my dad was like that. 🙂
Reading through his documents made me start to think about my own guiding life principles and about what kind of values and beliefs I want to have in my own life. I started thinking about what kind of code I want to use as my own compass point. I think that getting clear on this is something that will help me figure out the best path for me when I’m not sure about what I’m doing or where I’m going next. It’ll give me that point of reference and shining light to help me maintain my clarity and sense of direction.
I think it starts with deciding what kind of person I want to be. What are the kinds of things that I hope people say about me when I’m not in the room, and how do I want to be remembered when I’m gone? Am I living up to that right now? If not, then why not? And what can I do to become that person that I really do want to be? I think these are questions that we can all benefit from asking ourselves now and then, just to be sure that we are in fact living according to those guiding life principles upon which we want to build our lives.
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That was nice, Nathalie. You are very lucky to have had such a special dad. You can always think of all that good stuff he provided. Lately, I have been battling the negative feelings regarding my parents because it was not that way with either of them. It is sad, but I try to look at the 4 or five things that I can actually count on my hand that is good about them and how they contributed to my life instead of all the misery they caused. I understand their behavior came from fear, but it got out of hand to hysteria. if thy were more cool about things and calm, it would have been a lot better. Yes, it would have been nice to have better parents, but I just keep the relationship civil now and deflect arguing with them when they go in that direction.
To contribute to our question, I just keep moving forward. Going forward is the best thing to do, even if in the dark. Keep on moving is one of my mottoes in life.
It’s hard when you’ve had to live with a family that isn’t supportive. It really does a number on your self-esteem and your ability to pick yourself up again when things get rough. I think it’s wonderful that you are able to look for good things in them anyway — that’s a really hard thing to do in this kind of situation, and it really shows your strength. Hugs for you!
Keep on moving is a good motto. Reminds of Dory from Finding Nemo: “Just keep swimming.” Stay focused on where you’re going and keep moving. It’s the only way to get anywhere. 🙂