What if You Had to Give Your “State of the Union” Address?

Ready to give your State of the Union address?

Ready to give your State of the Union address?

Tonight, President Barack Obama delivers his first official State of the Union Address to the Congress and to the American people.

Traditionally, presidents give a report on how things are going in America, and what they plan to do to bring changes and make improvements.

This morning, I had a scary thought:  What if I had to go on TV before millions of people and give a report on the state of my union?  Such a report would encompass an update on my marriage, our finances, our kids, my career, etc.

If I had to do that, I know I’d be more intentional about how I lived my life.  What about you?

I have some friends who go away for a weekend each year and do something similar (without having to go on TV in front of millions of people).  They call it an annual review and planning weekend. They take time to review how their marriage and family life is going.  They identify some changes that need to be made and set some goals and action steps to help achieve them make the change.

My wife and I aren’t able to get away for a weekend right now, but over the last few weeks we have begun to take stock of where we’re at, and we set some seasonal goals – things we want to see happen over the next few months – and action steps.

We’ve already begun to implement some of the changes we wanted to make.  One was a simple change in our evening routine at home, and we’ve already noticed the difference.

What about you? Are you ready to get up in front of the nation to report on the state of your union?  What do you do to check-in with your spouse on how things are going in your marriage and life?

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