I was in a yoga class earlier this month where the instructor talked of a metaphor she had heard. Basically, she told us about how when you pick an apple and taste it and realize it’s gone bad, you don’t think about the apple being the cause for the sour/bad taste. Instead you think of the tree, where it’s planted, if it’s in the right soil, if it’s gotten enough sunlight. The tree must be taken care of to produce the best-quality apples it can produce. Just like we must take time to help ourselves so that we can be the best daughter/son, wife/husband, sister/brother, friend, athlete, co-worker, etc.
It stuck with me. Often, I don’t do this enough. I get so caught up in the day-to-day business that I’m not truly taking care of myself. Yes, I exercise, eat healthy, laugh with my husband and relax. But, truth be told, I’m wasting time when I’m relaxing, not really recharging and being truly satisfied. I do a lot and challenge myself, but not enough to make myself the best possible tree I can to produce the highest-quality apples.
Then I read about the idea of the “Level 10 Life” and thought it was great. Sometimes you just need a little guidance in taking care of yourself. In a nut shell, the idea is to gut-feelingly measure, on a scale of one to 10, the level of success/satisfaction in the 10 areas of your life: Family & Friends, Personal Growth & Development, Spirituality, Finances, Career/Business, Significant Other/Romance, Fun & Recreation, Contribution/Giving, Health/Fitness and Physical Environment (Home/Office). Then you work towards making them all tens by making mini goals in each category to help you increase your level of satisfaction in that category.
I did mine and noticed quite low levels in more than half of the areas.
My personal “Level 10 Life” assessment, January 2017.
My commitment to cycling does tend to put areas of life on hold, so it makes sense to me. But I don’t like it. And because I have spent a great deal of time improving myself last year, I’m going to carry on with that trend for 2017 by working on these areas as well.
I’ve made a starter list to help me begin:
▬ Have at least two technology-free date nights a month with Andrew.
• Watch my brother play baseball with his Minor League Team.
■ Hang out with friends – off the bike – at least twice a month.
► Take Rio on an adventure at least once a month, even if it’s to a new park.
• Read a new book every other month.
• Develop better time management skills.
◄ Post at least twice a month until I graduate school, then increase to once a week. (The irony of getting a communications degree is not lost on me.)
≈ Finally take that sushi class (that was a wedding gift) with Andrew.
► Declutter the house and sell/donate what we don’t want and/or need.
▬ Craft more; do pins off Pinterest and not just save them.