Recently, I went to Malaysia to learn horseriding. I’ve loved horses since I was a boy, and to learn to ride and eventually flow with one, has been a dream item on my bucket list. So I’m elated to have started.
I also scored two firsts: tasting mantis shrimp and… undergoing a root canal! A marvelous combo that was! Finally, I made great strides in my meditating, so it was a really great holiday for me.
On the way home, I started reflecting. It’s been a long hard road: from divorce, near-bankruptcy, moving from rent to rent, to where I’m now doing things I want to do, have great relationships, and amazing experiences. And what’s kept everything together for me is what I want to share with you about:
Life Purpose, and how to find it.
Mid-life crisis! Menopause! Aches and pains! Hit songs of your youth now oldies!
And…ooops, maybe the makings of a paunch.
These are just some of the frightening things people associate with being 40.
When I started the AA35 blog, I wrote why 35 is a big deal. It’s the age you realise you’re nearer 40 than 20, but when you see “40”, your mind actually thinks… “50”! That puts one in an ‘old’ frame of mind, with all the worries that entails!
Well guess what? I crossed 40 for a while back, kissing 50 territory… for real! And I want to give you some perspectives that might help you embrace this incredible milestone!
Last time we talked about monkeys, specifically the monkey on your back and how it’s dragging you down. The monkey is the broad cause of many problems we have, and eliminating it will go a long way towards freeing up resources of mind and body.
We’ve looked at starting this process in our last article. First, identify if we have a monkey or two. Then, select the most important to eliminate. Third, make a decision to start.
Today we’ll conclude the monkey booting off process.
A healthcare organization I work for recently passed a grueling gold standard audit. Needless to say we are all very proud of the achievement, although I never had any doubt we would do it. We have good, compassionate people working hard and processes that are continually improved on.
That said, there were lots of preparation work. With this audit hanging like a sword of Damocles over us, other things got put on the backburner. Only after achieving accreditation could we focus, both temporally and mentally, on other tasks, which we did with much gusto and renewed energy.
So I thought that it was time to to write about the monkey on our backs.