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To Have and To Hold ne nice outcome of the recent reces-sion is that most people now recognize and appreciate aspects about their lives that they may have taken for granted when the economy was booming. When you canvas your life and what really matters you quickly get to the heart of it by asking what do you really cherish? And that brings us to this month’s theme. It is a fun topic to consider, because you only cherish things you really love and care about. For me the list is pretty short actually and falls into a few distinct categories: • • • • Family Friends Time to enjoy them and my life Health Think about what you truly cherish. by Paige Arnof-Fenn person might cherish feeling good when they wake up in the morning and enjoying their coffee while reading the morning paper. I think the older I get the more I cherish the people in my life who are honest, gener-ous and fair. I am less impressed by their titles, cars, or other trappings that ultimately don’t matter if they are not good people at their core. So here is a way to make sure you are living your life consistent with the things you cherish: • Make a list of all the people, places, concepts and things that are most important to you and that makes you the happiest • Write down how much time you have spent over the past 6 months focusing on those people, places & things • Now review your calendar, credit card state-ments, phone logs and e-mails to see where you have spent the majority of your time and money the past 6 months • Compare the 2 lists • Are you living your life in a consistent fashion when you synch up the things you cherish with your time? If not, why not? Are you happy with where things are now? If not, what can you do over the next 6 months to move in a better direc-tion? For me I know when I write things down they be-come real and much more tangible. Pick 3 things you truly cherish that you want more of in your life and find small ways every day/week/month to incorporate them into your schedule. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to focus your time and energy when you deliber-ately choose to spend time on what you cherish, enjoy! There are a lot of things I truly enjoy, like a great meal, delicious bottle of wine, travel to fabulous plac-es, great weather, and music for example, but without my family and close friends and good health none of the other stuff really matters. What you cherish is very personal. Everyone would define it differently I think. It can be a per-son or group that means a lot to you, an institution or organization that has impacted your life, a pet, hobby, career, book or even a concept like privacy. The things you cherish says a lot about who you are, what motivates you and what your priorities are in your life. Those things can change over time and should in fact as you grow. A young ambitious person might cherish a job title or award for career advancement, while an elderly 20 Cover 2 Cover Magazine | May 2012

To Have and To Hold

Paige Arnof-Fenn

One nice outcome of the recent recession is that most people now recognize and appreciate aspects about their lives that they may have taken for granted when the economy was booming. When you canvas your life and what really matters you quickly get to the heart of it by asking what do you really cherish? And that brings us to this month’s theme. It is a fun topic to consider, because you only cherish things you really love and care about. For me the list is pretty short actually and falls into a few distinct categories:

* Family
* Friends
* Time to enjoy them and my life
* Health

There are a lot of things I truly enjoy, like a great meal, delicious bottle of wine, travel to fabulous places, great weather, and music for example, but without my family and close friends and good health none of the other stuff really matters.

What you cherish is very personal. Everyone would define it differently I think. It can be a person or group that means a lot to you, an institution or organization that has impacted your life, a pet, hobby, career, book or even a concept like privacy. The things you cherish says a lot about who you are, what motivates you and what your priorities are in your life. Those things can change over time and should in fact as you grow.

A young ambitious person might cherish a job title or award for career advancement, while an elderly person might cherish feeling good when they wake up in the morning and enjoying their coffee while reading the morning paper. I think the older I get the more I cherish the people in my life who are honest, generous and fair. I am less impressed by their titles, cars, or other trappings that ultimately don’t matter if they are not good people at their core. So here is a way to make sure you are living your life consistent with the things you cherish:

Make a list of all the people, places, concepts and things that are most important to you and that makes you the happiest
Write down how much time you have spent over the past 6 months focusing on those people, places & things
Now review your calendar, credit card statements, phone logs and e-mails to see where you have spent the majority of your time and money the past 6 months
Compare the 2 lists
Are you living your life in a consistent fashion when you synch up the things you cherish with your time? If not, why not? Are you happy with where things are now? If not, what can you do over the next 6 months to move in a better direction?

For me I know when I write things down they become real and much more tangible. Pick 3 things you truly cherish that you want more of in your life and find small ways every day/week/month to incorporate them into your schedule. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to focus your time and energy when you deliberately choose to spend time on what you cherish, enjoy!

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