As go your days, so goes your life

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If you are traveling on a train, you will end up where the track leads. If you are on a track to San Francisco, you won’t end up in Miami. Same goes with our lives.

Your life is made up of your days. I mean, we KNOW this, but for some reason we don’t live like we know it. What you choose to do today will affect your tomorrow. And the day after that.

This can be very depressing if we let it. We may look at our life and think “Is this all there really is?” Maybe you spend all day wiping butts and noses. Or maybe you spend your days in an office being told what to do or telling others what to do. And you wonder, “Is this really my life?” Do you like where your days are taking you at this point? 

Making your days make a difference

If you want your days to make a difference, take a hard look at your days and begin calculating the long-term effects of what you are doing. If you do this correctly, you can see how you can make a difference in your own little world.

As Parents- You make a difference in the lives of your children. You are growing little people. Wiping butts and noses doesn’t seem glamorous becuase it’s not. But all the other little minutes of your days can make a BIG difference in the your children.

  • Spending time with them.
  • Teaching them to be responsible.
  • Showing them how to be compassionate.
  • Helping them grow into the person they are meant to be

As part of an extended family- If your parents are still alive, spend time with them.

  • Visit your aunts and uncles.
  • Build family bonds with your cousins.
  • Attend or plan family gatherings

As members of a community- You can make a difference in your community based upon what is important to you. One person can create major change. Or sometimes it may just be a small change but it makes the world a better place in a little way.

  • Civic clubs
  • PTA
  • Church and synagogue groups
  • Environmental programs
  • Your neighborhood

Recreating your days for a different tomorrow

Or maybe you look at your life and say “I don’t like where I am headed.” Good news. You have some control over where your future leads.

Consider what is truly important to you. Where DO you want your life to go? Now take a look and see what steps you might have to take to change your destination.

It may not be easy. You may have been on the path for a LONG time. To pull out and go a different direction may seem scary, or even impossible. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t attempt the change!

So to change your path, you have to change your days. Based on your intended destination, you will need to create new habits that will take your days where you want them to lead.

For example:

1. If you want a close relationship with your child, instead of plopping down in front of the TV in the evening, you choose a good children’s novel and begin reading it together.

2. If you want to be able to climb stairs without huffing and puffing, and you want to be able to play in the floor with your grandchildren (okay, this is me!) instead of jumping right into work in the morning, you do a 30 minute cardio workout.

3. If you want to leave your J-O-B, begin brainstorming business ideas you can begin while you are still employed. Instead of griping about your job that you hate, take steps each and every day to bring you closer to your goal of leaving it.

4. Want to be debt-free? Creating a spending and savings plan and start living by it. Becoming debt-free doesn’t happen automatically.

So where are your days taking you? Is it time to change your itinerary?

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11 comments to As go your days, so goes your life

  • Hi Bernicewood,
    It is a very lovely post.I like the advice that you have given to parents and those who are a part of extended family or a part of community.Thanks for sharing!
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  • Jan

    Yes! We have to stop relying on other people to tell us what is valuable and decide for ourselves what really matters. For some, it’s the corner office. For others, it’s the time with the kiddos. I think that the disconnect comes from being conflicted between your heart of hearts and what society is selling.
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  • This is why i like participating in 30 day challenges. They force us to do the daily habits to ensure that our days are taking us to our goals. I am thinking about setting a new challenge for every month, adding onto the previous challenge. 30 days to getting closer to my family, 30 days to getting fit etc.

  • Santi.simo

    I am inspired by your post. I want to do better with my life this year and it helps reading a lot of inspirations.
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  • I like the idea of what we do today truly effects what happens tomorrow and the next day and the next. Right now my days are consisting of finding a job and in the meantime doing work around town to be able to survive here (living in Costa Rica at the moment). I am scared as hell that things might not work out, so everyday I am doing everything in my power to make sure, just for one day, things are working out. If I start to look at things as long term, I might have a heart attack! haha
    I really enjoyed this post :)
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  • Wise. RT @womanonajourney: Want to know how your life will turn out? Look at how you are spending your days!

  • I love that you’ve reminded us to take charge of our own lives! If you want to be in better shape, get up and exercise. If you want to achieve a goal, plan and move in that direction!

  • A great reminder that life is daily, and that the moments count. Thanks for the practical tips on making good choices. Appreciating your blogs and tweets – thanks!

  • This gets even more interesting when you consider that those days are made of hours and even minutes. Are we always willing to trade one of our finite hours of life for whatever we are doing right now?

  • Angela

    Love this! Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes – Annie Dillard: “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

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