There’s nothing like the satisfaction of finishing — whether it be remodeling the house, creating a new spreadsheet, spring cleaning the garden, finishing an epic novel, or savoring the afterglow of a family gathering.
When it’s over we hit a time when we say, “What’s next?”
Many of us keep a list of things we need to do. Usually it’s a list of our “shoulds and oughts,” what others expect us to be about, or what good individuals, husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers should do. We often rush on to the next thing, because it’s our habit.
But I want to suggest a different approach for your list-making and register of accomplishments. What if, in the fallow time after a completion. . .what if you considered what you would most like to be about? What if you pondered for a while, dug into yourself a bit, to identify who you would really like to be? What is it that warms the cockles of your heart. . .rather than wearying your soul to exhaustion? What were your young dreams so many years ago?
We often stress ourselves out trying to succeed, justifying our existence, playing the expectations game, measuring our worth by our busyness, seeking recognition, chasing after stuff. . .
We never seem to have time to pursue our dreams, the dreams we’ve never spoken aloud, the dreams that got pushed aside by adult responsibilities.
What if. . .
- you’d like to run a marathon
- you’d like to be a musician
- you’d like to write
- you’d like to travel the world
- you’d like to picnic with your children or grandchildren
- you’d like to be a photographer
It’s never too late — no matter your age or lack of experience. You can find a way to do what you’ve always dreamt about.The answer lies within you. No more excuses for why you can’t. You are the only one standing in your way.
Dig deep within yourself to touch a dream. Then take a step toward bringing it to reality. You can begin by sitting on the piano bench, or putting your paints on the table, or getting out your running shoes, or calling a friend who does what you’d like to do. Step in the direction you’d like to go. Honor who you want to be. Then tomorrow take another step.
The daily oughts and shoulds will begin to fade, consuming less time and energy and thought. Vitality will emerge when your actions align with the desires of your heart.
Show up. Do the work. Claim your life.
Until next Tuesday. . .