If work was your life and all options are now on the table for your future self, where do you begin? The simple framework of Square One by Joseph C. Maroon with Carrie Kennedy offers an accessible starting point for self-assessment.
Dr. Joseph Maroon recounts his singular focus on his neurosurgical practice leading to the collapse of his marriage, the demise of his physical health and an absence from a spiritual life. Maroon uses his own story and others to walk readers through the Square One framework.
The framework is about looking at four elements — our bodies (the physical side), our souls (the spiritual side), our brains (our work side or what engages you), and our hearts (the relationship side) — and ensuring fulfilment with the inclusion of humour, creativity and flow moments in our lives. Whereas a balanced life looks like a square — each element representing one side — Maroon’s life looked like a ladle — a long handle of work and a tiny square at the end. What does yours look like?
Like Tom, Maroon started with his physical health by chance later acknowledging that prioritizing his health was the first step in reimagining a new life for himself. Stories of people from different walks of life demonstrate that any one of the four sides of their square can be a starting point for rebalancing. Maroon provides practical ideas for lengthening and strengthening each element of the framework. And like Next in Life, he urges readers to live a purposeful life, discovering your why, and uncover your values — when ready. You can read the complete review of Square One here.