Are you making a living or making a life

John Wooden was a basketball player and a famous and respected coach. Not only could he bring out the best in players, as illustrated by all the championships his teams won but he was known to make some very profound statements.

Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life

One of his famous quotes is below.
John Wooden Making a Life

I hate to admit that I don’t know much about his basketball highlights. I really don’t. But it always seems that I hear a great quote, or search on a topic and find a quote by Coach Wooden.

Coach Wooden Wisdom

That’s how I found this quote. On one of my wild Google chases looking for a quote to support some thoughts that are heavy on my heart. You see, making a living and making a life has been on my mind a lot lately. I found myself recently reverting to some old habits of becoming too focused on work. I was putting some of my core values to the side. My creativity time had dwindled to nothing. I wasn’t spending much time outside enjoying nature.

Here were two core values that I had promised myself two years ago that I would not neglect, and here I was putting them on the side burner because I was “too tired” at the end of the day.

Do you find yourself not doing things you absolutely love because you let other things get in the way? I can only encourage you (and fingers are pointing back at myself) to make a plan and not let that happen. Don’t live in regrets.

You see, I’ve been praying for a dear woman I work with that was taken to the hospital with chest pains. As my mom said, her priorities just changed. My mom can speak with authority in that subject. Her stroke in September 2012 gave her that right. When you are faced with staring life in the face you have a wake up call. That’s what my mom said last year. That’s also what my dad said when he had his heart attack.

Why does it take the catastrophic life event to knock us to our senses? My prayer is that I can be a wise person filled with the knowledge of what others are going through and have gone through and take positive actions in my own life.

Living Life According to Your Core Values

Life is not about making a living.
Life is not about the bank balance.
Life is not about the social status.
Life is not about the tangible items that can so easily be destroyed or taken away.
Life is about Living

What are doing to “Live Your Life”?
Do you know your inner most core values and have them clearly defined?
Are you living your life according to those values?

If not, join me tomorrow and we will talk about it a little more..
Until then….

P.S. If you would like to know more about Coach Wooden I’ve added some of his books to my Bookshelf.

Hugs and feathers from the nest~~()~~

Kim Steadman is the COOP (Chief Online Operating Person) for The Re-Feathered Nest. A place of encouragement for moms entering the Empty Nest Zone who find they need to RePurpose and ReDesign their lives now that the kids have flown the coop. Kim can be found on Facebook at and on Google+ at +Kim.


  • Richa Singh

    Thanks a lot for sharing such a bright post full of lessons for each day. I quite relate to this living your life and making a living theory too..


  • KG

    I loved this. Very informational and motivating.
    I started living life when I had my first and last son. I quit my job and moved to a state I’d always wanted to live in and i did it without regrets!

    Keep it Touched

  • Ree

    Good post Kim. I think for many of us the first step is deciding what kind of life we want rather than what kind of job/business we want.

  • Anita Levesque

    This has been a problem of mine. Working to make ends meet and not do the things I really want to do. Thanks for sharing. Anita

  • kimsteadman

    I know you DO work hard Anita. Be sure to find some time for YOU and things you “love” to do! Thanks for stopping by!

  • kimsteadman

    Wow KG! How exciting for you that you did it! What an inspiration for others!

  • kimsteadman

    Hi Richa! Thanks for stopping by and for your encouragement. I’m glad you like the “living your life” theory. I think it’s a pretty good one. =)

  • Helen

    It is so easy to get wrapped up in work, that we forget why we are working! Great remeinder to get balance in our lives, thanks Kim.

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