"I enjoy volunteering other places on my other days off.â€ He talked about the various projects and connections he has made â€“ very carefully â€“ since his wifeâ€™s death. It was readily apparent that he felt quite comfortable managing his time in ways that felt just right for him.
A good poker player knows you don't have to bet on every hand you're dealt. Sometimes, it's wise to hold them â€“ considering carefully if the combination of cards will be a winning hand. Sometimes, itâ€™s wise to fold â€“ to say â€œno thanksâ€ to those cards. It's a winning strategy in poker and an important one for a balanced, happy life.
I'm amazed how easy it is to get into a rut - even with pleasant activities. Last December, I decided I didn't want to play golf again until April. I like to play golf - especially with some special friends, who were disappointed with my decision. But, I noticed I was lacking something - what I think of as "zestful flavoring." My days off were routinely spent playing golf or tennis (note the use of the word "routine"). I hadn't been to the beach or gone kayaking or hiking, for example. Now, after time away from my routine, I look forward to playing golf again - with renewed enthusiasm.
So, I encourage you to take time on a regular basis to assess your lifestyle. Does it provide ample opportunities for enrichment? If not, search for some new activities to try. Remember, when you say â€œyesâ€ to new challenges and opportunities â€“ you can also say â€œnoâ€ if you decide they arenâ€™t a good match for you.