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Your personal manifesto: A written declaration of our values and intentions in life

30/10/2013

A manifesto is a written declaration of our values and intentions in life and this short article’s aim is to inspire you to create your own.

But first a little back-story. Some years ago I happened upon D. E. Harding’s (1988) The Little Book of Life and Death. I’m almost defeated by this book’s subject matter despite reading and rereading it. Then, a few months ago I came across a post on the internet about creating a personal manifesto and the concept totally resonated with me. The method is that of vaccination and homoeopathy: cure like by like: give yourself a mild attack of the disease now, and thereby build antibodies that ward of the real disease when it strikes. It is in principle my own method. When should this treatment begin? Some would say the sooner the better, but there are no rules. Everything depends on the needs of the individual. Recognise that for the person of the third age it is a duty and necessity to give serious attention to oneself unlike in the second age of life.

All too often we get busy with life and it is easy to lose sight of what really matters to us. Instead we find ourselves driven by different things on different days and we don’t have a predetermined course through life. We get lazy, complacent, and generally end up wasting our lives away with things that truly don’t matter to us. We become subject to the control of our ever-changing thoughts and feelings. Having a clearly defined set of values gives us the ability to reflect on them and assess if we’re on track in our lives. As a result, I recommend you set aside a couple of hours over a few days and pull together your own personal manifesto.

My personal manifesto represents my values. While the specifics of these are relevant to me personally, they may not be yours. I don’t entertain a discussion about whether or not you agree with my values. Rather, my hope, instead, is that this short article will inspire you to create your own personal manifesto.

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