SEVEN WONDERS OF OUR WORLD: DO WE KNOW WHAT THEY ARE?

Like many numbers, the number 7 has many interesting manifestations. Perhaps the greatest and most well-known is the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

  1. Great Pyramid of Giza
  2. Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  3. Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
  4. Status of Zeus at Olympia
  5. Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
  6. Colossus of Rhodes
  7. Lighthouse of Alexandria.

While this is interesting to know, I believe that a much more important piece of knowledge for each of us is whether we know the answer to the following question – “Do we know what the 7 Wonders of our World Are?”

I have given this some thought recently, from my own perspective, and have concluded that the following seven items are what are important for me right now. I have ordered them in what I believe is the appropriate order of importance; however this may change over time, as it has throughout my life.

  1. Family
  2. Health
  3. Security (Financial)
  4. Continual Learning
  5. Community
  6. Philanthropy
  7. Spirituality

I challenging each of you over the next 7 days to collate the 7 most important items in your life and, as best you can, list them in order of importance. Then more importantly, each and every day afterwards focus on allocating your time and commitment to these items. Treat the rest of what you deal with on a daily basis with equanimity.

One thought on “SEVEN WONDERS OF OUR WORLD: DO WE KNOW WHAT THEY ARE?

  1. James, here is my list, as I feel and think it today:
    Health
    Family, including dog, “Jake.”
    Environment, especially my garden
    Work
    Mental Acuity
    Simplification
    Participating in Community

    I’m not sure what spirituality is, so I can’t make it one of my 7. I chose health over family for the same reason airline attendants tell you, in an emergency, place your own oxygen mask on first, then that of your child. Financial security, in my opinion, is an illusion because no matter how much money you have, one illness can wipe you out and when you get old, the nursing home takes it all and Medicaid pays the rest. So why worry about it?
    My greatest peace comes from work, exercising my brain to keep it sharp, and exercising my body through working in my garden and walking my dog. As the world around me gets more complex, it becomes increasingly important to simplify my own life, cleaning out the excess, selling off, giving away.
    As I age, I need more connection to my peers, to my community, and with participation comes a sense of community.

    My priorities have changed over the years and it’s interesting to examine this. Thanks for the prodding.
    Julianne

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