reflections 2022, day 5

Wednesday, January 5, 2022 (Day 5)

Relaxing Music for the month: Healing Hands: Liquid Mind (12:01) –

Today is my sister’s Birthday! Happy Birthday Renata!

I did my 9-mile morning walk this morning. Today, it was much different than my other morning walks because I had a chance to REALLY contemplate what I really want from my life. As some of you know, I’ve been thinking hard about my “work” life for the past few months – and I’ve been having a tough time trying to decide which direction to go. The only thing that’s a constant for me is that I do plan to leave UNCG no later than June 30, 2022, which is when my contract ends. I do know that the Dean and Associate Dean would like to see me gone so they can replace me with someone committed to doing registration and scheduling of students on a regular basis. Plus, they get to save some money by bringing on someone less expensive. The funny thing is…I’ve never heard of students wanting to stay because of the excellent registration and scheduling services they provide. It’s more about the deep relationships they have with faculty, staff, and their fellow students. I was talking with my friend Greg last week about advising and coaching programs at most institutions – and we both agreed that at most institutions, it’s more babysitting and handholding than actually helping students explore and express purpose and meaning in their lives. So, as the number of students opting out of college increases (which means a decrease in enrollment numbers), colleges and universities are ramping up efforts to recruit more students – but I would argue in the wrong way. And it’s not even about getting jobs when done…it’s really more about having a good life – which is not only about a good job, but about more meaningful relationships and better health and well-being. Show me an institution that’s focused on that and I’ll bet that it will be an institution that thrives in the future.

To be honest, I don’t think it’s just college students; I think a lot of people are at a crossroads in life right now, trying to decide their “what now?” and “what’s next?” And as I plan my next adventure, I can assure you that it’s my goal to help as many people as possible – with the help of a few awesome friends – find their why and find their way. If you opened my big IPAD right now, you’d see SIX tabs highlighting articles on writing a legacy statement. Right now, I’m creating a new “tool/activity” to help my tribe and others write a legacy statement, a statement that defines the significance of one’s life – the person you hope to become, the values you wish to live by, and how you expect to impact others. And in order to really understand the significance of a legacy statement, I’m writing one myself, as I begin to close one chapter in my life and start the next chapter in my life. What do I want my legacy to be? What would I want people to say about me, now and when I’m gone? I have written my eulogy, as a way to begin with the end in mind, but thought that a legacy statement would be a lot easier for people to digest than writing their eulogy. Anyway, that’s what I’m up to today, creating a few new tools that can be used for my classes next week.

So, a legacy statement is coming soon…


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