Posted by Michael Finkelstein | April 18th, 2011
Having just put our taxes behind us, it is the perfect time to reflect on what we’ve earned and spent this year, not just in the traditional sense of our money, but with an appreciation for the energetic, emotional and spiritual currencies that are more critical to our well-being. As Jeff Gitterman, a financial advisor, author and personal friend of mine pointed out in this past weekend’s airing of The Skillful Living Room, our most valuable asset is our attention. In a life so rich in opportunities, it is by understanding how we invest our attention that yields the greatest return.
Of course, attention and energy manifest themselves in one of our most valuable resources…time and the experience of living life itself. As we enter into the new fiscal year, we have the chance to evaluate whether our input justifies our output. Most people can determine whether an inanimate object-a car, a watch, a designer suit-is worth the number on the price tag, but how skilled are we at determining our own worth? And, more importantly, how often do we exercise this skill?
Fortunately, at this juncture, we have a bird’s eye view of our attachments to the material world. What many don’t seem to realize, is that the elusive and coveted work/life balance that we all strive continuously to achieve, is contingent upon our ability to identify the things that really matter. Simply put, the key to being happy and healthy, is to figure this out.