International Quality of Life Month

something fabulousHooray! January is a month long celebration for International Quality of Life Month.

Sounds great. We all desire a quality life. Somehow a ‘quality life’ seems to always be a life just a little bit better than the life we are living. The quality life you envision for yourself may be one with more money, a better job, a nicer house, a newer car, more free time, more vacations, less free time …

Everyone’s idea of what components make up a quality life will differ. Most probably, each person will have a different definition of what their quality life is on different days, or during different phases of life.

Someone may be thinking a quality life is one with more money than what they currently have. Life will be better with fewer bills, more disposable income, or more financial security. Then a child or spouse becomes ill, or hospitalized, or worse. Suddenly, money doesn’t seem all that important. The life and health of your child or spouse becomes top priority.

Our defining characteristics of a quality life will change, sometimes day to day, sometimes year to year. But for today, for this moment in time, treat yourself to finding twenty or thirty minutes for yourself this week. Find a small slice of time where you can sit and contemplate your life, what is in your life, what isn’t in your life and what is important to you.

Make a list. Make a list of the blessings in your life that you want to keep. What would you like to bring into your life? What can go? What’s a low priority and what’s a high priority? Not according to what the world, your community, your business or your family thinks your life should be like. What is important to YOU for a quality life?

Jot some notes down. What steps can you take to move towards the quality of life you desire? You don’t have to have a massive overhaul of your life. Baby steps, that’s all you need. Take small little consistent steps that you can take one day at a time. A half hour here, an hour there. A phone call here, a date night there, a play date with your child, an hour writing the book you wish to write, an answer of ‘no’ to something you don’t wish to spend the time or energy on. They all add up these baby steps, by minutes and actions at a time. Before you know it, you’ll have the quality of life you desire, one created to your own desires that is YOU.

Celebrate life; celebrate Quality of Life Month!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. utesmile
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 07:17:33

    Wonderful idea, and good start to the year. We sometimes just live in all old habits and are not happy, but thinking about what we really want is very helpful and will make life better. Lovely post Trisha!

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    • trishafaye
      Jan 21, 2013 @ 15:59:31

      Thank you Ute. Yes, sometimes we stay in a rut and don’t consciously try to keep our life filled with the blessings we desire.
      Have a wonderful week!

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  2. viveka
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 10:55:59

    Thrisa, the quality of life months … very much down to if we are sick or healthy. If we are not feeling well quality of life .. can be a issue. I think health has a much bigger part than what money has. If you had asked me … 2,5 years ago .. I would have struggled to find any quality of live during my cancer treatment – today I don’t have the life I want, but I give myself the best quality I can afford – physical and mentally. Great post.

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    • trishafaye
      Jan 21, 2013 @ 16:04:37

      True Viveka. Yes, money can’t buy health, can it? It can buy health treatments and healthy food & vitamins for a healthier life. But some things it can’t buy. And then we see what we really treasure and value. Congratulations on surviving through your cancer treatment. My stepson was not one of the lucky ones, he died at 25 after several unsuccessful chemotherapy treatments. I understand what the treatments do to your life and the lives of your family. During that point, hanging onto life is the only quality there is some days.
      I’m glad you’re through that and sharing your wonderful posts with us now!!

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      • viveka
        Jan 21, 2013 @ 16:12:58

        So sorry, to hear about you stepson … far too young. Life isn’t fair … there is days I want my old life back .. when my side effects are a bit rough – but that will never happen and I have to be the best I can and live with them .. but I have a good life and most important I HAVE a life.

      • trishafaye
        Feb 01, 2013 @ 23:39:00

        Thanks Viveka. Yes, Mark was far too young, yet there are others far younger. Far too often it’s easy to take life for granted.
        I was reading The Poisonwood Bible (by Barbara Kingsolver). At one place Adah says, “That oath never felt safe to me, haning around my neck with the stethoscope, not for a minute. I could not accept the contract: that every child born human upon this earth comes with a guarantee of perfect health and old age clutched in its small fist.”
        That caught my heart. We expcet it, we expect that each human life comes with that guarantee. But we don’t, not a single one of us.
        For your days that aren’t so good, know that I’m glad we’ve met via this wonderful, virtual world of blogging, and know you have people out there to hold you up when you need it. And for the good days, we’ll celebrate along side of you.
        If you ever need a shoulder or an ear, my email is texastrishafaye@yahoo.com (I try to check my email daily, although you can see from this late reply that I don’t get on the blog daily LOL)
        Hugs!

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