Action, actual experience and reviewed results have great value in our lives. Worry, fear, concern for inabilities without actions simply stall our chance of ever experiencing life. Before we can align all the pieces of a puzzle, we often need an understanding of what either the mechanical outcomes should be….to fit the pieces together…or an understanding of the picture that the pieces create. Researching, learning, trying to ascertain what can be’s are fine, but nothing beats simply beginning once a base level of understanding is achieved.
Why is it that so many of us in business and in their daily life disregard the value of simply beginning? We learn as we take action, and the solution sets that may then be discovered are ever changing. We align our experience, new opportunities present themselves, and the wealth of actually taken steps towards what will or won’t work. aligns new opportunities..and adjustments to make. Life is a process, in all its many forms.
There isn’t a universal recipe for a well lived life….for we are as different as the snowflakes that fall and the stars in the sky. What is one heart’s dream would be another’s less favorite experience. Media and social channels prescribe their version of our best lives, but often with a less than honorable foundation of purpose. Our riches truly begin from knowing our heart and launching the experiences that we can navigate growing and learning as we go.
Are we really willing to remain unconscious and virtually deaf to our hearts and minds? Media 24/7 and input are often dulling to the point of deafening our spirits to our own consciousness. Are we willing to forego daily practices, experiences, and awareness of how limited our time is to truly do anything on this earth. Putting off to someday the wealth of living a well-lived life today is a tragic mistake so many make daily. Too often our avoidance of discovery, of feeling, of accepting responsibility for the outcome tells a sad tale.
I believe that intentional pausing throughout the day for short periods of time is a most important practice. Whether that comes as a run with your favorite shoes on, time at the piano, or simply praying or reading a quieting, reflective piece of literature. We learn by listening as my friend Dr. Martina McGowan would share. An when we can still our minds from the pressures, the “have to’s” and fears, so very often the path is whispered to us from God.
Like a toddler who cannot hear “don’t touch, that’s hot” we too often have to go about actions that we know will one day keep us short of the daily life we desired, and too often the cost is one of our areas of health. My father, the late Dr R H Nunnally, used to say “if your problem can be solved by income, it is not a very interesting problem to solve” for he watched people day in and day out make choices of thinking, eating, and living that destroyed their life in the name of not living a well-lived life daily. Casting aside the preserving of their minds and body’s for a never ending striving for things that didn’t matter. A difficult truth for a small town doctor, with an unquenchable thirst for bettering his mind and life. As I have told my classrooms and audiences from my own observations of so many learners, students, and studies:
“Be aware, we think ourselves to health or unwellness, in all areas of our lives, sometimes without intention, but always with consequences, both good as well as costly” ~ Sweetie Berry
This Christmas season, the gift you may consider giving yourself is action. Act on forgiving whatever hurts your heart. Act on moving towards the desires of our heart. Act on the diminishing of that which doesn’t serve you. Act on the needs of those you meet where they are. Act on the abilities you already possess.
This day, take action, maybe imperfectly, and risk living the life you desire.