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Five questions to ask before launching life’s next chapter

By in Press Enterprise on November 18, 2017

By Patti Cotton

Is a career change or retirement in your near future? Some of you might have just sent your child to college for the first time. Or perhaps your marital status or role with an elderly parent is in question. No matter what shift in life is ahead, most certainly you are asking, “What’s next?”

Many of us plan with new activities in mind. We see empty space ahead, and the natural thing to do is to quickly fill this so that we have a navigable course. Most of us don’t like working without a plan.

Some of us are in a contemplative stage where we question whether the contributions made or still to be made. You ask, “Can I truly make this next chapter count — making sure that it is meaningful and fulfilling?”

If you’re in a position of change and are drawing up a bucket list for the next chapter of life, take the time to ask the following five questions to make the next steps meaningful …

How do I ensure that this next chapter is most meaningful?

It’s natural to seek meaning in our lives. It answers questions such as “How do I navigate the world?” and “Why am I here?” We generally seek purpose to understand how we fit in, and as you shape your immediate future, it will be more fulfilling if you can relate what you do to a purpose. For example, if you choose to shift careers, how will doing this bring more meaning into your life? If you decide to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, what meaning might you draw from this experience? At many levels, these two examples will provide new opportunities to learn and grow.

How can I make a difference to others?

This question becomes even more important as we age. At a certain point in life, […]    

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