I have significant “Fall-Falter” events in first half of 2017 – March to June, 2017 – depression.
Starting July 1, 2017, I began to “Rise- Regain.”
I reviewed and renewed my life goals. I set goals for the next one and a half year before I reach 70 years (January 31, 2019) – sort of a bucket list before I reach 70 years old.
I will finish my writings and online publications on the following:
- Medical Anecdotal Reports
- Medical Curriculum
- Hospital Administration
- General Surgery
I will create my own sense of well-being and happiness (along the line of to each his own).
I will be contented with what I have set as my limits (semi-retirement and slowing down in my profession; acceptance of “I can do only so much in life”).
I will put more emphasis on enjoyment of non-professional life.
I have a significant “Fall-Falter” event this whole month of July, 2016.
Tomorrow, August 1, 2016, I promise I will “Rise-Regain.”
In July 31, 2012, I coined this slogan for myself – “Fall-Falter, Rise and Regain!”
This is just one of the slogans that I have been using to help me go on in my life journey, specifically in implementing my life plan. Some of the other slogans I use are: “It will come to pass!”; “Only do what matters most!”; “Live by the Day, by the Moment”; “You cannot do everything!”; etc.
I admit that I am not perfect. Sometimes, or most of the times, at the frequency of at least once every 3 days, I usually feel I am going off-track in my life plans, in my daily, weekly, monthly things-t0-do plans.
What I will do is to tell myself, “fall-falter, rise and regain.” I usually choose special days or occasions within the month to rise and regain. The days of the month that I usually choose are the first day or 15th day of the month. Sometimes, I use special occasions to rise and regain, such as Gregorian New Year; Lunar New Year; Easter Sunday; my Birthday; Philippine Independence Day; etc. I also use beautiful dates to rise and regain, such as October 10; December 12, 2012 (12-12-12); etc.
Just like today, March 15, 2014, this is the middle of the month, I will rise and regain since I already felt as of yesterday that I am falling and faltering in my things-to-do plans.
“Fall-falter, rise and regain” has been very helpful to keep me on track and to help me accomplish my life plan. Although I only officially coined the slogan in July 31, 2012, I have been practicing the principle since 1970 after my college days in UP Diliman. At that time, I already started a habit of formulating and writing my life plan on papers.