Socrates said “Know Thyself”. There is no one more important to get to know than you. Who are you, what roles do you play, what do you love, what makes you laugh what makes you cry? When was the last time you asked yourself those questions?
In life we play many roles, some are chosen, others are placed upon us without our full consent. In the retreats I conduct I ask participants to list all the many roles they play. Which roles have the limelight right now and which ones would they like to spend more time with.
What roles do you want to have first on your list? Some of the roles on my list include woman of faith, wife, daughter, friend, aunt, sister, business owner, writer, consultant, coach, recruiter, walker, boater, sunset lover, traveler, artist and I could go on. As I write this I see that some of my roles are overpowering a few that I want to resurrect. I’m going to challenge myself to refocus.
I am in the sandwich generation. Adults who are caring for aging parents, children, working in responsible jobs, managing households, relationships and trying to find time for friends and fun. What slips first, fun, right? Then friends? Then exercise? Then all of a sudden we are wondering where the time has gone and we have lost ourselves to others wants and/or needs.
Today I ask that you think of the roles you play and decide which of them you want to reacquaint yourself with, and then work toward rediscovering a part of yourself that may be yearning for attention.