The Wheel Of Life in the Buddhist belief revolved eternally, driven by Time.
‘The moving hand’ Omar Khayyam said in his Rubaiyat, ‘writes and having writ moves on; nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line.’ He too referred to Time as the unforgiving natural entity that rolls on, waiting for no one.
What Buddha said 2500 years ago and what Khayyam said a few centuries ago seems even truer today. The Wheel of Life seems to roll faster and with much less concern for you and I.
Management experts and Coaches have re-looked at how we manage Time. They have come up with many tools to help us manage our time effectively and efficiently. Many of them waste our time rather than conserve it. Some help in other ways. One such is appropriately called the Wheel of Life.
Every coach talks about the Wheel of Life. If applied sincerely, this concept and process does help us review and rearrange our priorities. The first step is an awareness of what we want from life. This in turn requires awareness.
Using the Wheel of Life concept as a quick fix tool is dangerous. We needs to apply it along with a deliberated life plan. What are you seeking? Where do you want to go? How do you wish to go? What would you therefore place above everything else?
For some family comes above all. To some, wealth is paramount, even if it accompanies by guilt. Each chosen priority has a risk and a downside.
Jabbing a pencil on each radius of a Wheel of Life diagram and connecting the dots will certainly produce a web of sorts, but one that will hold us captive. Think first about what you want from life and what you are willing to give up for the sake of what you want.
Life offers no freebies. Everything comes at some cost.
Mindtools, a website that has some excellent assessment tools, offers a Wheel of Life template and instructions to use it.