Reflection: How Do You Measure Your Life?

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“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons”

This line is from a poem by T.S Elliot called “The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock” and the man who speaks this quote is one who carries deep regrets. Why measure out your life, capable of such greatness, with something so insignificant as a coffee spoon?

Prufrock is a middle-aged man, who wants to say something but is afraid to do so. He is afraid to make any mistakes therefore he lets his environments make decisions for him. As a result, he feels empty, frustrated, and insignificant looking at his past. Have you met anyone who resembles Prufrock? I like to believe that everyone who is reading this article does not want to have anything to do with this man.

How do you measure your life?

Do you measure out your life in the amount of friends you have? The money you rack in? Or perhaps the amount of stuff you accumulate? Please take a moment and let this question sit with you while I continue.

Half a year ago, I was laid off from my previous job, the one that I loved a lot. Now before you start to feel bad for me, a heavy load has been lifted off of my shoulders. You see, I previously felt nervous when others ask me what I do for a living; because one day I have a professional title, the next day I’ve seemed to be a nobody. Getting laid off is one of those experiences that make me measure my life. You see, there really aren’t many things I can take away when I leave a job. The two things I can take away are the experiences that I’ve had and the relationships that I have built along the way.

How do you measure your life?

I want to measure out my life by the richness of my experience. There are plenty of amazing experiences out there for me to explore; the beautiful landscapes, the fascinating species, and the richness of other cultures. I look forward to taste delicious cuisines from different regions and the joy of connecting with strangers from all parts of the world. I am excited to discover the range of emotions I could feel, the sense of accomplishment from overcoming a self-limiting belief, the strength of a family bond, and the joy of immersing in a philosophical discussion with a dear friend. Now, the privilege of travelling is not for everyone. Without that, we can still live a fulfilling life.

How do you measure your life?

I want to measure my life by the impact that I have on others. Martin Luther King is a great example. Although this man has been imprisoned for a big chunk of his life. He’s lived a life that impacted millions of people. The second day I was let go of my job, I received a dozen messages from my co-workers. The messages were of flashbacks of the good times and how I had made them feel. I believe that my confidence to move forward has a lot to do with the support from my family and friends here. I like to measure my life by as many people as I can help and by as much positivity as I could spread.

Thanks to my recent experiences, I have refined my core values. Every decision I make going forward will be focused on creating rich experiences and building long lasting relationships. You can definitely measure out your life in coffee spoons in that each spoon represents every previous moments that you have purposefully lived.

If you were to pass away tomorrow, what would you consider as your legacy? What has your life been, what do you regret, and what are you proud of? How we measure our lives is the way we should live, because we never know what will happen to us tomorrow.

How do you measure your life?


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