Sunday, January 1, 2012

Thoughts for the New Year: Your Pie Chart of Life

Happy New Year, one and all. May 2012 be a year of peace and joy and good health.

Several days ago an article appeared in the op/ed section of the Houston Chronicle. It reminded us that as a new year begins, we tend to think over our financial status. Have we made sound investments? Are we diversified?

But, the authors point out, we should also be assessing our "life porfolios." They, too, should be diversified. The authors suggest we make a pie chart of the five most important areas of our lives:

How does the chart look? Is it balanced? We might be surprised to see that only 2 percent of our life is devoted to health and exercise. Do we focus all our energies on the work section, leaving little time for family or community?

It's a new year. We can make a new start and resolve that by next year we'll lead a more balanced life. By next year our life portfolio, our pie chart, can show a change--more space for community or spirituality, those areas that we put off for the future. We can focus on things we've always wanted to do but put off for "someday." Make that someday "now."


monicastangledweb said... [Reply to comment]

I like the idea of thinking my life as a pie or investment portfolio. You've given me something to think about, as I already know I need to make some changes (in the area of health). Thanks.
Thank you, too, for the book. Got it and, now that the holidays are over, look forward to reading it.

Jodi Lobozzo Aman said... [Reply to comment]

I am really committed to taking care of myself this year. I take care of so many people that I can't let them down if I end up sick or wiped out! This is my priority!

Nancy Hinchliff said... [Reply to comment]

Thelma, I wanted you to know that I recently received a copy of the anthology: Coping With Transition. I'm very excited and can hardly wait to read your piece, The Midnight Visitor. Thanks so much....Nancy


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