If I read a book and learn something new that I remember for a really long time, then reading that book was worth my time. Reading Finding My Own North Star by Martha Beck – which I read at least ten years ago – was definitely worth my time! In this book Dr. Beck shares her advice on discovering our own unique “right life” – or, as she refers to it, our Own North Star.
Before I get to what I remember most about this book (and please keep reading!), let me share a few valuable insights that Dr. Beck provided. First, none of the individuals that have touched our lives have the ability to control our choices. We do sometimes forget that. Second, accepting impermanence means embracing the world as it is, complete with loss. That acceptance becomes even more important as we grow older. Next, it’s important to “hang out with our favorite people” – our “tribe.” Can’t argue with that!
Now on to my very favorite part of Dr. Beck’s book! The Lifestyle Profile allows us to plot along a negative-to-positive continuum how our body reacts to the people in our lives, the activities in our lives, and the places where we spend our time. I’ve attached a somewhat abbreviated version of the Profile if you’d like to give it a try. Please take a look!
Now, hopefully we inherently know what and who have either positive or negative impacts on our lives. However, seeing that “in black and white” can be eye-opening – at the very least – or even at times alarming. Right there in front of us, on that piece of paper, we can see where we just might want to make some changes in our life!
All in all, Finding Your Own North Star offers some helpful advice for “turning your life into a work of art.” Just as the “real” North Star up in the heavens helps sailors navigate on stormy seas, our own North Star can help us find our way back “home” when we veer off course, which we sometimes do. Personally, I’ll take all the help I can get!
And our journey continues at the great University of Life!