What if You Had "People"?

(This is the final of three exercises designed to help you identify your "life passions." To follow this "thread" chronologically, just go back to Monday's post, "Beyond Your Bucket List. What Are Your Passions?" and then read chronologically forward)

It's a sad commentary of our society that many of us now feel more constrained by the demands of time than by lack of money. Thirty years ago, the lottery exercise was sufficient. But at some point in the 1990s, I started using this one as well. It's kind of fun anyway so I though I'd share it.

"You get up in the morning. You have no obligations. You no longer need to have a job. Your bills are paid. There will be a delicious meal prepared for you whenever you are hungry. Your house is clean. Your laundry is done. Your yard is perfect. Everything you need is provided for you. What will you do today?"

I understand that when this exercise is done in a seminar environment, sometimes a PowerPoint slide is prepared that looks like a street sign with the word GOLF and a line through it. For my "Platinum wife" Melanie, I think you would also need one with the word SHOPPING. Because many of us are so time constrained that we go right to our favorite pastimes.

But the simple fact is that if we really did have "people," we would not fill our days with those things. A relative of mine tried it with golf at age 41 after he had sold a business, and he lasted just over a year. "you can only hit so many golf balls," he finally said.

So let's add slightly to the "people" scenario I have just described with the following:

"The above scenario has been going on for several months now. You are fully unwound. You have sat by the pool to the point where it's starting to get a little boring. You're beginning to wonder if it really is true that “You can only hit so many golf balls.” You've caught up on your whole reading list. You're 'shopped out.' "

"Now .... what will you do today?"


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