Just this week I came across an article written by Jim Rohn about the six essential things for living a good life. You can read the whole article here https://www.jimrohn.com/good-life-essentials/, one of those essentials he named ‘Don’t Miss Anything’. He said his parents told him to never miss the game, the performance, the movie, the dance. Buy a ticket to everything you can.
I remember years ago I had seasons tickets to a local playhouse and they would rotate plays every two weeks. I loved going to the theater and seeing a live performance, but that was the 30 years ago and I can’t remember the last play I have seen in person.
I would also go to the movie theater on a regular basis as well as eat out at least once a week. All that has changed dramatically during the pandemic this last year but I also know that I had stopped doing those things long before.
Reading Jim’s article caused me to take a look and ask myself why did I stop? And my initial answer is Life happened, but what’s true is Life stopped happening. I don’t say that to feel sorry for myself, but to tell the truth. Somehow my priorities changed and I became more serious.
About 2 months ago I took a trip to the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. My wife and I spent our honeymoon there would usually go back a couple of times a year to have dinner or just simply sit in the library and read. There are trails to walk and comfortable couches to relax on. It had been a number of years since I was there and one Saturday afternoon I decided to drop everything and just go. It’s about an hour away and it’s a beautiful drive. It was wonderful to be there again. I got a bite to eat in one of their new restaurants. It was a wonderful spur of the moment delight. There is no reason why I can’t do more of that, and thanks to Jim Rohn I am reminded of that.
Those are the times that we remember. Those are the things that make us feel we have a life well lived. These are challenging times but there is still plenty that can be done that fulfills us. Watch your favorite movies on Netflix, take a course online, Zoom with your family and friends on a regular basis. I have found it easy to fall into the trap of forgoing the things I used to do, but no more.
Thank you Jim for the wake-up call.
Have a great week.