Last week I concluded the discussion on writing a spiritual ethical will. This week I would like to focus on the coming New Year. This is the time of year that I like to both review what I have accomplished in my life this far as well as what I hope to accomplish in the future. This reflection is a great way to springboard ideas for your spiritual ethical will.
New Year’s resolutions are a tradition that many people have. Resolutions usually deal with things that we would like to accomplish during the next year. As you write your New Year’s resolutions think about what values and philosophies are driving your resolution selections. For example, if one of your resolutions is to lose weight then think about why you want to lose weight. Is it to become healthier so you can play with your kids, to live longer so you are there for the people in your life that you care about or is it to look better so you can find love? Use the reasons behind your New Year’s resolutions to create an entry for your spiritual ethical will about your 2007-2008 life focus.
When people read your spiritual ethical will they want to learn more about what you felt was important, what you valued in life and what philosophies you lived your life by. Including a series of life focus statements that progress over a number of years is a great way for people to understand you as a person. Start your life focus statement tradition this year by writing about what forces are driving your life right now.
The design of your spiritual ethical will is designed to be more than just a tally sheet of your assets and beneficiaries, it is designed to leave the world with a better understanding of who you were as a person. Enrich your personal ethical will by writing annual life focus and philosophy statements. I’ll see you next year when we will discuss all new spiritual ethical will issues!
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