Recently, Dr. Robin sat down to organize her junk drawer and came upon a collection of receipts from years gone by. When she examined the years on the receipts—some for clothing, others for food, still others for household appliances and car repairs—she discovered they were a fascinating window into where she has been, and how far she has come. "I started going back in time, without even being consciously aware of what I was doing," she says. "I realized what I was really doing—I was getting a scan of my life."
Dr. Robin says as we move into the New Year, it's important to "check our receipts." If you were to clean out your own drawer, what would you find? Maybe a receipt for something you bought for your kindergartner—who is now college-bound? Or perhaps it's a receipt for the first car you purchased…a luxury car you couldn't really afford? "Pay attention to how clear your choices have been, how off the mark they were, how much in the mix were you really in your life 10 years ago, 15 years ago," Dr. Robin says.
"Take those pieces of paper that actually are for the trash, but before you throw them out, learn from them, celebrate the ways in which your wisdom showed up, and correct the errors, the places of insecurity that have cheated and robbed you of being able to live your very best life."
Published on December 19, 2006