My daughter recently turned nine and a friend sent me this article titled “To My Daughter, At Halftime” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/whitney-fleming/to-my-daughter-at-halftime_b_6580468.html on her birthday. It’s a beautiful, wise letter. Most startling: it simply hadn’t occurred to me that my own sweet daughter was halfway out of my house! Life is so busy right now. Days are scheduled down to the minute. It’s a race for us to make it through each week. I’d been so busy making sure that I was maximizing my three children’s schedules on a daily, weekly and monthly basis that I hadn’t stopped to consider how fast it was all going. . .
Then, in October, I celebrated my 40th birthday. I paused and considered that I had also reached a “halftime” of sorts. I hope that I live way past 80, but it’s an appropriate time to pause, reflect and plan.
I often tell my kids to begin with the end in mind. Where do you want to end up? Now, how are you going to get there? For me, my goal is to end my life with a deep sense of gratitude and a sincere belief that I lived an authentic life.
My goal over the next 12 months is to take time and to give thanks and to reflect honestly on both the beauty and tragedy of life.