By Emily Schilling
Does your everyday life get in the way of your “best life?” I know I’m usually taking care of multiple demands, deadlines, appointments, and other responsibilities — you know, that day-to-day stuff — and not focusing on what’s really important. So, to help me realign my priorities, I’ve come up with a personal mission, based on our five senses, to help me reclaim “me.”
Seeing: Seeing involves observing and studying, and also having vision. I must stay focused on the things that are truly important, and contribute my time and talent to causes to which I could make a difference.
Hearing: Listen to what others are saying — and what they’re not saying. There is more to communication than words. We can all “hear” by observing. No matter what means of “listening” I use, I need be open to what others are communicating.
Smelling: Stop and smell the roses. It’s not only OK to slow down; slowing down is necessary to enjoy life’s journey. I need to take the time to acknowledge milestones, successes and especially the happy times.
Touching: Make an effort to touch others’ lives every day. By making a positive impact on others, I can make my little corner of the world a little nicer for all concerned.
Speaking: Talk is cheap … unless you walk the talk. My words have the power to inspire others — and motivate myself. What we say matters. Don’t say something unless you mean it.
I want to learn new things and then share my experiences with others. That’s what using my five senses is all about. And it’s my way to leave a legacy.
EMILY SCHILLING is editor of Indiana Connection