Dr. Becky Lang
June 1, 2020
Bookends of Life
For years I have used bookends in planning my life.
It is in the planning, the dreaming, the visualization of what I want to happen in between the two time periods I have chosen. For me, the first bookend planning and visualization activity happened between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
For years, on Memorial Day I have sat down and asked myself, “what do I want to have experienced, accomplished, traveled to, and how do I want to feel on Labor Day, three months from now?” As the years have unfolded, I have taken time and written down my ideas, visions and plans.
In the past, this visualization and planning activity has helped me read books, establish a morning prayer/reading habit, accomplish specific projects, plant a garden, spend time with important people in my life, travel, hike in national parks, plan gatherings, and go on bike rides.
It helps me take action. It helps me get out of my head and into a plan of action. And a plan specific to the summer months.
With the end of May upon us, this is the perfect time to make plans, visualize our “bookends” of the summer.
How do you want to feel on September 1st?
Who are the people you want to spend time with?
What are the books you want to read?
What are the activities you want to engage in?
What are the projects you want to accomplish?
What kind of person do you want to be on September 1st?
How do you want to spend the extra hours of daylight we have been given?
Granted, during these days of limited travel and activities, we have to work within what we have been given. We only have so much control. Within what we do have control with, what are your visions, your dreams, your plans, your sense of being?
Perhaps more than before, completing the bookend activity will be beneficial – to help in gaining a sense of control over what we can control.
How do you want your whole being, your mind, body and soul to be different, renewed, refreshed during this time – our bookends of life?
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