How Are You Trading Your Time, Energy and Life

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it’. –Henry David Thoreau.

We all make trades in life . We trade our time. We trade our energy. We trade our hard –earned money. We trade our attention. Hi, welcome once again to

Many of us move through life in constant motion, never stopping to reflect on where that motion is taking us. If the trades we are making daily are letting us live our life best lives. If the trades are giving us more quality time with those we care about most. If we can turn up for them fully engaged, energized and enthused.

The trades we make in life take a toll on us physically, mentally, and emotionally.

  1. Trading my time, energy and enthusiasm for status and a corner of office: Like many of us, I spent part of life chasing the corporate dream just because of more money, more responsibility, catchy job tile and many more kudos. But many interesting things happened like more responsibility often came with stress and headache, each job title change got stale quickly. I wanted to understand these feelings and got into some self- introspection. We are not all not all carved out to be entrepreneurs or self-employed, it’s fine. Find your own fit and embrace it. There are many ways for us to earn our living. Here I am aware of my trades and mostly happy to make the and if needed I will need to make plan.
  2. Broader lessons : I want to live my life, that may be opposite of where you are and what you need. Your trades might be aligned to finding a corporate job where you get a pension and pay check. Its ok , your trades needs to be trades you are willing to make. What is exactly that we have an awareness of the trades we are making in life. That we aware of where we are spending our energy, time and efforts. Essentially, aware of where we are spending ourselves. This is a powerful prism through which we can objectively view everything we do. Equally we may realize we are making trades we rather not, trades that are taking more from us than they are giving back and we can then take action according.
  3. Questions we can ask ourselves: We can keep trades we are making front and centre in our minds by asking simple questions to ourselves. Are the trades we are making worth the energy, time , time and money we are spending on them? Are we likely to see a return on our investment? Are the trades we are making helping us get closer to our goals? Are the trades we are making beneficial to our relationships? Are the trades we are making leaving us energized? Are the trades we are making aligned with our moral codes? If not, maybe we should be making different trades.

Be aware of where you are making trades in your life. Make them selectively. Give them your full attention and handle them with the care they deserve.

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