March 13, 2013 by Nancy Noonan


Turning the calendar page to March, I was reminded that one of the most acknowledged days in the month is March 15, also known as the Ides of March. The history books (okay, also the history online research sites) tell us that the “Ides” indicates the day that is the middle of a month. In March, that falls on March 15th. In more modern knowledge, this is also the day on which Julius Caesar was

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assassinated in 44 B.C.E., having been forewarned of this by a seer. Thus, “Beware the Ides of March.” (Technically, this exact verbiage was penned by William Shakespeare, based on the original story by ancient Greek writer, Plutarch.)

But when I flipped that calendar, what first popped into my wandering mind this year was the concept of Ides as “I’ds”:

• If only I’d been born into a pile of money, I’d have had been able to have that splendid house.
• If only I’d been blessed with a techno spoon in my mouth, I’d have been able to better figure out all the Apps and computer issues in the world (or at least have fathomed how to more seamlessly make my mac sync with my assistant’s PC).
• If only I’d inherited my grandmother’s lean physique, instead of that of some very plump ancestor’s (sorry, Great Aunt Orie), I’d be able to eat all the Rocky Road ice cream my salivating palate could desire.

How much of our lives do we fritter away, wishing we could change our I’ds? Instead of being unproductive that way, why not be more productive and do this: turn your I’ds, (your I hads), into your I’lls, (your I wills).

Wills have to do with your future, not your past. And of course, as we all know, there’s not much of a darned thing we can do about our past, about our I’ds, yet there is a whole lot we can do about our future, our I’lls.


First: Ask yourself: What are some of MY I’ds that I find myself thinking or saying over and over again? Make a list; fill in the blanks:

If only I’d __________________________________

If only I’d __________________________________

If only I’d __________________________________

Acknowledge them. Then decide you no longer need to let the I’ds take up one more bit of real estate in your mind. Bid them Adieu.

Make a new list of I wills (note the suggestions to get you started). Ask yourself “What do I desire?” . . . “What do I need?” and then match up your I wills to your answers:

I will __________________ (start a new savings or investment plan that will help me reach my financial goals [and maybe even buy that great house!])

I will __________________ (take more computer classes)

I will ___________________ (get into a fitness class and actually go!)

Make March of 2013 the month that you monitor and throw away your useless I’ds and fully embrace your powerful I’lls.



  1. Great Blog, Nancy. Very helpful! Working on my I WILLs right now………

    Comment by Don Berlin — March 13, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

  2. Thanks for your nice comments, Don! Always glad to offer some helpful ideas!

    Comment by Nancy Noonan — March 13, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

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