Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Courtney Carver. Courtney writes about simplifying and living life on purpose at Be More with Less.
Beginnings and endings are interesting, but what happens in the middle is what makes each of us unique. There is so much pressure to make money, spend money, work harder, have more and fill up our calendars, that it's no wonder we get confused, not to mention tired.
We cannot measure the quality of our lives by:
- The success or failure of business
- How nice our cars are
- How much stuff we have
- Extravagant vacations
- Degrees and awards
- Number of Twitter followers or Facebook friends
- Overstuffed closets
- The balance in our checking accounts
- Number of emails in our in-box
- Quantity of voicemail messages
All of those things are easy to measure, but mean nothing when you think about the big picture. When you think about how you live your life, statistics mean nothing. None of those things speak to your character, or how you see the world.
Measure the quality of your life by:
- What you give
- How you love
- Who you help
- The smiles you exchange
- The enormity of your gratitude
Give yourself permission to call a time-out and think about the way you are living. If you don't remember what you had for breakfast, it might be time to slow down. Don't be afraid to schedule a little less, and leave a little time for life to happen.
If everyday you are in awe of something, give part of yourself, and say thank you for the opportunity, your middle, your in-between, will be a life well lived.