Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (Day 291)
Relaxing Music for the week: Meditation: Liquid Mind (10:05) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s9VnIeB9oE
Question: If this area of your life (health) were 100% ideal, what would that look like?
Answer: The 100% ideal would be eating three meals a day, eating more fruits and vegetables each day, and getting at least 7 hours a sleep a night. And I know I could do all three things, but right now, the urge to do them isn’t as strong as the effort it takes (very little) to just not to do them. I’m sure there will be a point in my life where it’s a must, but it isn’t a must right now; it’s more of a kind of nice to have at some point in the future. The three meals a day? I wonder if that’s actually okay, since I tend to fast for almost an entire day every now and then. You know, when you get so ingrained into what you’re doing, especially if you’re routine driven like myself, that’s it’s hard to change. But, better habits equals a better life, so it will be good to get into something better.
Probing Questions for you to answer:
- What can I START doing today that could make a HUGE impact on my life RIGHT NOW?
- What can I STOP doing today that could make a HUGE impact on my life RIGTH NOW?
Now, it’s your turn. What do YOU need to start and stop doing to make a positive difference in your life?
I don’t know if you’ve heard of the term “Great Resignation”; if not, it’s a term used for the number of people who’ve left their job over the past few months. Right now, it’s somewhere between 15 and 20 million people since April. Why, you might ask? I would argue the same reason adults are leaving their job is the same reason students aren’t going back to college – lack of purpose and meaning in their lives. More and more people are asking themselves, “Is this worth it?” – and for many, the answer is “No.”
Looking for ways to improve the situation? Many of the principles listed in this article about improving the workplace can also be applied to improving the college experience. What would the college experience look like if we actually focused on purpose and meaning, not just on the numbers (like my institution). Check out this articles for ideas on what can be done to bring employers (and students) back:
- To Retain Employees, Give Them a Sense of Purpose and Community – https://hbr.org/2021/10/to-retain-employees-give-them-a-sense-of-purpose-and-community
By the way, I don’t think people on my campus are interested in exploring purpose and meaning, but maybe a few of you out there are interested. I would be interested in having a conversation if that’s the case!