The article detailed a study done in Finland that asked people to identify what constitutes "the good life." The conclusions of the study were interesting but I was struck most by a passing statement the author made when considering the validity of the measurement instrument. She said,
"Most of us say one thing makes us happy (family;love) but act differently."
I was jotting down notes as I read the article and I put big stars by this statement. Then I wrote, "What do we need to change so that what we say and what we do match up?"
I think most of us could benefit from asking ourselves this question. What do we need to change in our lives so that what we say is important to us matches up with what our behaviors indicate are our priorities? Does that mean we should spend more time relaxing and less time working? Should we be setting aside more time for our families? Should we take that trip we've always wanted to take but always made excuses for why we couldn't do it? When you are at the end of your life looking back what will you regret? What can you do now to avoid that regret? Are you willing to do it?