I'm not sure why I DVR Oprah since I never watch the show but I had a lot of time on my hands yesterday and I decided to watch the "Uncovering the Secret to Happiness" episode.
One of the guests said something that I really connected with -
"being successful in life is not what really matters. Being significant in life is really the core root of what matters".
This statement reminded me of a conversation I had with my brother Tom. When I quit American Express and was deciding whether or not to take the Conde Nast position - Tom called and wanted to have a little chat. He said that he was a little concerned. He wanted to know what my goal in life was. My goal in life? Hmmm, I never really sat down and thought about my goal in life. So I asked him What's your goal in life? Supposedly his goal is to help prospective Filipino professional basketball players get into the NBA. I thought about it for a couple of minutes and realized that my ultimate goal in life had nothing to do with corporate America. I have no desire to be an SVP or a CEO. My dream job is to raise my (future) children, I can totally see myself baking cookies, finger-painting, taking them to the park and just making an impact on their little lives. I love the idea of a home-cooked meal and the whole family around the table. I'm aware that it's a dying ritual but I will try my hardest to keep it up in my home.
I have to admit that I'm a sucker for self-help guides. I appreciate little quizzes like this because I think some of us need a little push now and then. Questions like these can help jump-start a bigger assessment of one's life and can lead to life-changing steps. Life is an ongoing process and for me, there's always room for a little change ;-)
So here's the quiz. Rate each statement from 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly agree) and add up your score.
- In most ways, my life is close to ideal.
- The conditions of my life are excellent.
- I am satisfied with my life.
- So far I have gotten the important things I want in life.
- If I could live my life over, I would change almost nothing.
Quiz courtesy of oprah.com
Image from HBO