A Self Realization Exercise You Have To Follow To A Tee

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Flickr user: Scott Ableman

This is a neat exercise that Bernadette found out about and convinced me to try to learn more about each other. Every person’s result may be a little different, and before I get to mine, let’s just get started right away. Remember for it to work, you have to listen closely and follow exactly the instructions:

  1. Take a piece of paper and tear it into 5 pieces. (No frills here – but for all of us engineers: Take a piece of paper, tear it into 6 pieces and then throw one of the pieces away)

  2. On each piece of paper, write the 5 most important things in your life (a separate one on each piece).

  3. Good. Now look at them.

  4. Quickly, on the count of 3, drop one of them. Throw it to the floor. 1…………………..2…………………..3! Done.

  5. Great. The next step is on the count of 3, drop another one of them. Throw it to the floor. 1…………………..2…………………..3! Done.

  6. Perfect. Next, on the count of 3, drop another one of them. Throw it to the floor. 1…………………..2…………………..3! Done.

  7. Now you should have 2 pieces left. Look at what you have left.

  8. Quickly, on the count of 3, drop one of them. 1…………………..2…………………..3! Done.

Great job! Now most people think of this as a prioritization exercise. And if you did, what you have in your hand is probably THE most important thing in your life. Does that seem right? Let me guess that a majority of you have something family related left holding onto. And I would bet that if you had “work” in the top 5, it was dropped either first or second. Whoa, am I a mindreader?! Of course not, because if you drop work, it can usually bounce back. But if you drop friends or family, then it could be ruined forever.

Me juggling with Vegas entertainer, Jeff Civillico

We all have, what we think, are things that are extremely important to us in our lives. I don’t know about you, but I am faced with having to juggle each of mine almost on a daily basis. Some of you probably got really stressed out having to drop just one of the items because nobody wants to drop anything important. One day it will happen, and the strength of our character is the only thing that will allow us to pick up each ball without letting them all come crashing to the ground.

For my personal accountability, my 5 most important things to me were, in no particular order:

  1. Be a part of a family
  2. Garner respect from the community

  3. Be looked up to

  4. Be proud of myself

  5. Make Bernadette happy

Can you guess which made it to the final stage? You might be surprised.

 

Photo: Flickr user Scott Ableman

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