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I Would Not Change

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I recently heard about a study of 95 year olds asking the question: "If you could go back and live your life differently, what would you change?"

Here is a summary of the responses:
  1. I would have reflected more. I don't think any of us do enough of this. We're too busy. We're too scared. We're too satisfied with our current situations and productions.
  2. I would have risked more. Man, I'm gonna be a risk taker! I never want the fear of the risk to hold me back from doing something.
  3. I would have invested more in things that would live on after I'm dead. Whoooo! This what I'm all about. I am going to live my life doing stuff that will continue to spread 1,000 years after I'm dead.
We certainly do not and should not wait until we are in our 90s to ask ourselves such questions; but I prefer to ask and respond to a different question: “If you could go back and live your life differently, what would you not change?”

This question is not about nuance or “glass half full” but rather about the purpose we see in our lives; the relationships with have with others and the impact we make on ourselves, our groups and our communities.

It is a question we can ask anyone of any age; fortunately we all have experiences we can learn from and attitudes, skills, knowledge and behavior we can replicate, because they are beneficial.

It is also a question we can ask in the mirror and celebrate our progress and success to develop our competencies and to make a positive difference in our lives and the lives of others.

Instead of looking back with regret when we reach 95, we can celebrate the things we did not change because they had lasting positive impacts on us and on others.

About the author: Terry Pickeral, president Cascade Educational Consultants has extensive experience in policy development, advocacy, education reform, youth leadership, teaching and learning strategies, education collaborations and civic development. His commitment is to ensuring schools create and sustain quality teaching and learning environments for all students to be successful in school and contribute to their communities as active principled citizens.
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