Neil Tambe

I'm a Detroiter who happens to enjoy writing, national parks, orange juice, the performing arts, and fanciful socks. More than anything though, I aspire to be a good husband, father, and citizen.

Measuring a Life

WINDSOR, CA - Something I intend to reflect on during this vacation is how I want to measure my life. I don’t mean to do this for evaluative reasons - or to do it in a way that is compulsive or dogmatic - but rather so that I can stick to “true north.”

Some warm up reflections: 

  • I will measure my life, what’s undetermined is whether that measurement is intentional or unintentional.
  • What I measure will affect my behavior.
  • Money probably isn’t an inherently immoral measurement, assuming it’s authentic and framed appropriately. It just happens to be really easy  to measure.
  • I can’t succomb to thinking “life can’t be measured.” It certainly isn’t easy, but if I don’t have intentions about what to measure, I will default to the easiest measurements.
  • I have to look inward about what to measure. It will be easy to fool myself but I must not.
  • I must keep it simple.

The first, and maybe only challenge is to how to ask myself the question.