One thing I’ll never forget, are my Uncle Howard’s lectures on life. And tonight, I’m thinking about my life and where I’m going in it… I was just speaking with a friend about life. And I just wanted to express some feelings on four general facets that weave and form the fabric of life: your HEALTH, your finances or MONEY, your interests or things that are your PERSONAL FULFILLMENT’S, and your RELATIONSHIPS (spiritual and physical).

Don’t sweat the small stuff

I know that as I wake up each day to live my life, I choose to do so with purpose. If you think about it, every person in this world has the desire to do three things every day, irregardless if they can do it or not… eat, drink, and sleep. Yet, even though those are the basic necessities for everyday living, does life revolve around eating, drinking, and sleeping? I hope not. Well, for some, maybe… but, it doesn’t for me.

I believe my life has more purpose than just surviving and being alive. The two things which I feel I value the most, and place most of my time into are: my HEALTH, and my RELATIONSHIPS (my relationship with God, and sharing love with my friends and family). I know not everyone feels this way, but I feel that the daily attention you give to your health and your relationships should be more important than your daily pursuit for money. One reason I feel this way, is because money can’t buy either one of them. Everyone has heard it said, that money can’t buy love; and if your friends are with you just for your money, then let me tell you, they aren’t your real friends. And if money could buy good health, Steve Jobs would still be alive, running Apple.

I feel that a lot of people have their idea of life formed around the concept that it takes money to live a life worth living. Think about that…  Almost half of the world’s population live on less than $2.50 a day! And, yeah… I know it takes money to live the type of life that will allow you to do the things you want to do. But, I will not allow myself to feel as if my life is worthless, just because I’m not making a certain amount of money.

So, why do people waste most of their time focusing on any one of the four, be it either health, money, personal fulfillment’s, or relationships? I feel when you’re trying to manage your time and find direction in life, it’s all about choosing a lifestyle that gives attention to all four of them. Because they all are very important when you are trying to fill your life with substance in the present, while also being wise and planning your life for the future.

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Jason Perry

I'm a black man with Christian values. A father to my son, a friend to those who desire my friendship, a lover of life and even more...

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