I recently read a thought-provoking blog post from Joshua Becker on the excellent Becoming Minimalist Blog. The post, ‘Don’t Trade Your Passion Just to Gain The World’ , talks about alignment and the power of focusing on what is it that you most want to accomplish in life.
I know in my heart that I don’t want my main accomplishment to be owning ALL the things. So, as instructed in the blog post, I got my pen and paper out and started thinking about what it is I want my life to be about. These are the three things that I have chosen and the mindful actions I need to take to refocus on these priorities.
I want my life to be about Love. I want to live a Big Beautiful Love Story. I want my people to know Love from me. I want to know Love from my people. There are two mindful actions that I can apply to increase love if my life: I can Act Love and I can Speak Love.
So, what do I mean by ‘Act Love’? What I mean is that I can act from a place of love. That my actions and, possibly more importantly, my reactions can come from a place of love. I can ask myself ‘What Would Love Do?’ and I can do that.
And, what do I mean by ‘Speak Love?’ I mean that I can tell my people that I love them. Really tell them. Not just the ‘Ok, love you, bye’ that punctuates the end of my phone calls. But use real, meaningful, detailed words. And say those words out loud. I can ask myself ‘What Would Love Say?’ and say that.
I want my life to be about Adventures. I want to live boldly. I want to see beyond my corner of the world. I’ve written previously about my desire for change and the benefits this has brought to my life. There is one mindful action that I can apply to increase adventures in my life: I can own this desire.
Owning this desire means embracing the importance of adventure in my life. To stop denying, explaining or feeling guilty about choosing to prioritise adventure. I suspect that people who prioritise stability, or material goods, rarely need to explain their choices in the same way.
I want my life to be about Stories. I want beautifully written and lovingly read stories to be an integral part of my days. I love to read, I have done so since I was a child. During my summers, if I wasn’t at the swimming pool, I was curled up somewhere reading. I also love to write. And I’ve spent much of my career writing in one form or another. There is one mindful action I can apply to increase words in my life: I can devote more time to reading and writing.
Prioritising reading time has become increasingly important. When I was super-commuting I used the time for reading. I have less of that time naturally built into my days now. And while I write a lot for work, I need to carve out some specific time to write for pleasure. This blog of mine provides the perfect reason.
A life of Love, Adventure and Stories. Sounds pretty good to me.