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When All Is Said and Done

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This picture says a lot. It points out where the focus needs to be. It should not be on your name. Unless you’re a celebrity or a pro athlete your name will not define your life. The years on this stone does not matter either. There many people who live very long lives and accomplish very little, while some people accomplish greatness in a very short time.

The most important information etched on this stone tends to be the least noticed item on the stone – it’s the dash.  In reality, it is the only thing that matters.  The dash defines how you have lived, how you have served others, and the impact you have had on those you love and the world.  No two dashes are exactly the same.  The dash in life is your dash and your dash alone.  It is a direct reflection of the choices you made and the action you took, or failed to take.

Where are you in life?  How are you living your dash?  How is your health? Are you waiting for Monday to lose weight or get in shape?  Could you be doing more?  Are your finances under control?  Feeling the weight of debt?  Could you be a better husband, wife or parent?  Could you step up and lead your family better?  How about your career? Are you where you want to be?  Are you showing up to make a difference or just showing up?  Are you unemployed, or underemployed?  Do you have just a day job, or is it your dream job?  Where are you with your Faith?  Do you connect to a higher purpose?  What anchors you, what is your hub?  How about friends?  Do you have a close group of friends that lift you up, or do they bring you down.  How about fun?  Do you take the time, or even know what you would do, if you had some free time … some “me” time.

Three years ago I was invited to a concert to hear Tyrone Wells.  The guy is ridiculously talented.  I had just retired and moved from icy MN to sunny AZ.  I was living the so-called American Dream, enjoying all the material successes of hard work and sacrifice.  I thought I was living my dash perfectly.  However, as I sat at that concert that night, something was tugging at me.  I knew I could do more.  I knew I could be better and do better.

Click on the link below to hear that very song I heard three years ago.  As the song plays, absorb the words and reflect upon your own life.  How are you living your dash?  Is your life out of balance?  In which areas do you need to grow … to improve.  More importantly, what are you going to do today to make your life better?  Ask yourself, when all is said and done … have you seized every opportunity to live your OolaLife?


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Co-Author of "Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World." Why listen to the OolaGuru? Need some street cred? Believe in "show me, don't tell me?" Some highlights:
OolaFitness: Ironman
OolaFinance: Completely debt and financially free by age 40
OolaFamily: Married 20+ years to his kindergarten classmate, 4 beautiful kids
OolaField: Formally retired at age 42. Now does only what he wants only when he wants to be
OolaFaith: Yet not the man he wants to be, but grateful he is not the man he used to be
OolaFriends: Let's just say he is networked
OolaFun: Travel is his passion. 53 countries and counting . . .