Live your life by a compass
I happenchanced to read a wonderful quotation by Stephen Covey: “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” Timeless advice, it reminded me to think differently.
I happenchanced to read a wonderful quotation by Stephen Covey: “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” While simple advice, not unlike what Covey gives in his timeless book, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,’ now in its 30th edition and still a New York Times bestseller, the quotation had a profound impact on me.
I make many lists, among which some of the more important ones are for the things I need to accomplish each day, each week, each month, and each year. But, I had never really extended my list to a lifetime. For me, this simple “forest from the trees” exercise added a hefty dose of happy.
Rising above the everyday to a loftier place, thinking about the type of work I want to do, topics I would like to study, and places I want to explore – energized me. They brought a smile to my face, a skip in my step, and a warm feeling of happy in my tummy.
The word “compass” is also interesting. For me, a “compass” does not imply a destination, achievement, or success; instead, it makes me think about the journey, full of hope, wonder and joy.
On my travel list, horseback riding in the Lolldaiga Hills in Kenya is definitely at the top!