Take a moment…
“The answers are already within you. All you have to do is listen to your heart”. Wise words during a conversation with my coach that inspired me to continue on my search for something more. And sure enough, when I took the time to quiet myself in stillness, the answer presented itself to me. All I had to do was listen and be open to receive.
Are you where you want to be in your life? Are you headed in the direction of your passion? Do you know what drives you? What’s your purpose? Are you spending your time doing something that you love? If you answered no, there’s hope!
Take the time to hear what’s calling you
Life is too short to spend it on something that you don’t LOVE. I implore you to take the time to understand what you love. For me, it’s helping people understand their value, helping them believe in themselves and what’s possible, and taking action. That’s what makes me feel connected. It’s what fills my soul. You too are on this earth for a purpose. You have a gift. Your responsibility is to figure out what that gift is, what fuels you, and then figure out a way to bring that gift to others. The world needs you!
How can you figure it all out? That’s up to you. Take a first step. Try prayer, meditation, journaling, music, exercise, a good talk with a friend or confidante. Think about what makes you feel the most connected to the universe, what makes you feel joyful. Identify it, envision it, describe it, then find a way to get more of that in your life. We need more joy in our world. You deserve more joy in your life, and the universe deserves you at your very best.
I was sitting by his hospital bed watching him breathe. During his last few weeks, he told me stories of his wonderful life. He was ready to go and passed peacefully at home surrounded by family. I write and share his Eulogy to celebrate his life. I love him so much and will miss him dearly.
I hear news of a friend who has passed way too soon.
I hear of another who is living his last days.
These experiences have me pausing to reflect. Have I identified what is important to me? What are my goals? Am I spending my precious time on what matters most? Am I spending time with those who matter most to me? Am I spending my money on what I value? Am I making a difference? How long do I have left on this earth? Do I tell those I love how I feel about them? How will I be remembered? Am I happy? Am I nourishing my body, mind and spirit? Am I going through the motions or living my live with intention and by design?
I’m taking time this week to sort out these feelings, answer these questions, and act on them by reassessing my values. I’m writing long term and short term goals, which I do every year. But this year it feels different. I’m acutely aware of the preciousness of time. We all hear “life is short” but sometimes you’re jolted into a raw understanding of the feeling that we are mortal and our time is limited.
My hope for you is that you take the time to reflect and answer the questions I posed above. Be your best you. Live your life with intention. Spend your valuable time in a way that is meaningful.
One tool that I have found helpful is the image below. Review each aspect of your health and your habits. What are your priorities in each area? Where do you need to change? What would good look like? What can you do to get to “good”?
Take ten minutes every day to reflect. What are you thankful for? What are your priorities for the day? Read your goals EVERY DAY and take one action to get you closer to your goal.
Wishing you a healthy, happy and intentional 2018. Be well, and live your best life!