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The Movie The Vow-Waking Up to a Life You Don’t Recognize

If you were to step into your life with fresh eyes, would you love what you see? I saw
the movie “The Vow” recently. The premise of the movie is that a young husband
and wife are in a car accident. The wife awakens with amnesia.

She doesn’t recognize her free-spirit husband (who runs a small recording studio),
her apartment, her neighborhood, her closest friends, her art studio, her talent
as an artist . . . nothing. She reverts back to her life pre-career-change some five
years earlier, when she was a sweater-set preppie-type, enrolled in law school and
engaged to an attorney.

It made me wonder: how many of us are living a life we don’t recognize . . . where we
don’t like our careers, don’t relate to the people we work with, or worse? Sometimes
it happens because we’re like the “frog-in-the-hot-water”—not aware that the
temperature has slowly increased to the point of injury or death. Other times, we
are painfully aware that things are desperately off-kilter.

As with making any change, the first step is awareness. Try this exercise:
Watch your life for a few days as a curious bystander … notice what brings you joy,
what you procrastinate on, what you wish would go away. Ask others you trust to
offer their observations, as well.

Analyze your observations. If something pops up that brings concern, simply make
note of it (without beating yourself up!). Once you are aware of what’s not “right,”
you can start making changes … even if slowly, the sheer act of taking action will put
you in a state of control.

So how about you? If you were to step into your life with fresh eyes, would you love
what you see?

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