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
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..
P.S. If you would like to know more about Coach Wooden I’ve added some of his books to my Bookshelf.
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 https://www.facebook.com/TheRefeatheredNest and on Google+ at +Kim.