A Frog’s Checklist

Top floor of the Mall of Berlin ©MTHerzog

Like I wrote yesterday, birthdays are a time of reckoning for me and a chance to do some soul accounting and life balancing. Here is a checklist I used to work through each decade, then narrowed it down to every five years, and now I do it every year simply because I realise that time is short and we live on borrowed time.

  1. Values I have outgrown
  2. New values I live by
  3. Values I struggle with
  4. People who have helped me grow
  5. People who have hindered my growth
  6. People I wish to leave in my past
  7. My anchors
  8. My sources of strength
  9. Dreams I shelved
  10. Ideas I want to turn into plans
  11. Places I want to visit the next 12 months
  12. Have I touched a life?
  13. Have I made a difference in my community?
  14. Have I made a contribution to the world?
  15. Have I served my fellow man?
  16. Have I served the community?
  17. These I have rescued
  18. These I have discarded
  19. These I have lost
  20. Have I been a good neighbour?
  21. Am I good friend?
  22. Am I generous with my time and treasures?
  23. Do I know how to embrace failure?
  24. How I deal with pain
  25. How I deal with grief
  26. How I deal with loss
  27. How I close a chapter in my life
  28. These things I need to work on (mind)
  29. These things I need to work on (soul)
  30. These things I need to work on (spirit)
  31. These things I need to work on (home)
  32. Have I been good to myself?
  33. Have been generous with myself?
  34. Moments I am selfless
  35. Moments I am selfish
  36. What I struggle with
  37. What comes easy to me
  38. These people I love unconditionally
  39. These people I trust with my life
  40. These truths I live by.

Mind you, half of the items on this list were given to me in the form of a workbook by my aunt right after graduating from High School. I squirrelled it away and have revisited and tweaked it over the years. It is cleansing, challenging, frustrating, and inspiring all at the same time.


    1. The aunt who made the original workbook is a a teacher and felt it was important to take stock of my life after each academic level.

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