In previous posts, I urged you to define what you want from life. You’ll learn now over the next several posts that there are certain ego-RHYTHMs™, or life events, that you would not intentionally put on a want-it-all list.

These events include having someone close to you faced with a serious or even terminal illness, or losing someone you love, or facing an accident or the loss of a job, or any similar setback. Unfortunately, events such as these, as much as we want to avoid them, are just part of life. Sometimes we have to deal with things that are hard on us and make us feel terrible. Yet suffering makes us stronger; we grow and we are more powerful as we get out on the other side – and we will always get out on the other side.

Any list of ego-RHYTHM™ categories has to include unavoidable, and undesirable, events. It’s been said that we are defined by how we rise after we fall. These categories, the good and the bad, belong in a full life as much as love and happiness do.

As you explore the meanings and durations of your ego-RHYTHMs™ it might help to imagine your life as a wheel with numerous spokes. Each each spoke is a different ego-RHYTHM™. The “Me” ego-RHYTHM™ is the spoke that occupies the 12 o’clock position on the wheel, with KARL™ as the hub cap, or center. Each spoke of the wheel is a separate rhythm of your life.

Over the next few posts, I’m going to have a woman known for her expertise on a particular subject explain each ego-RHYTHM™. Each of these luminaries has done outstanding work on a particular rhythm. Read through each of the rhythms thoroughly since they are designed to help you identify the individual ego-RHYTHMs™. I’d like you to be able recognize which ones you are in, and which ones you have already completed.

It’s important to understand that an ego-RHYTHM™ may have a different meaning for different people. Ego-RHYTHMs™ are yours to define. Assign ego-RHYTHMs™ to your life according to how you interpret your own feelings and beliefs. You might feel you have influence or control over certain ego-RHYTHMs™, but that there are others that are outside of your control. After we have learned about the individual rhythms, we will be examining some examples of how the same main event can have different interpretations for different people to demonstrate this point.

Before we go on with the next post, tell me what particular rhythm you’re in right now. A “me” rhythm or a “career” rhythm or a “family” rhythm? I’d love to know where you are in your journey. Thanks for sharing!

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