Awareness, Plain and Simple
I often get caught up in the hurry scurry of everyday living, only to look up and realize that 2 and a half months have flown by. I suspect a large number of you are the same.
Is this a good thing? Does this mean I'm living in the moment or does it mean that I'm living with too little awareness?
Probably the latter. Unfortunately.
It certainly says that I'm not living intentionally.
It brings to mind the old saying, "The days are long, the years are short."
I was recently lamenting this fact to someone and they asked, "What do you need today, RIGHT NOW, to be your very best?"
"Uh. Um. Ah. Yeah, let me get back to you on that," was my addled response.
"No," they pushed. "What do you need? You already know. Just say it."
The first thing I threw out was money. It's the easy answer. Who doesn't need or want more money? Wouldn't money make everything better?
But it wasn't the real answer, not really.
What I need most is knowledge. Organization is a very close second. Focus and inspiration follow and any one of those could top the list on any given day.
"So get it," was the response.
It Ain't That Easy
That was my immediate thought. It isn't that easy or I would have done it by now, dontcha think!?!
But as I began to mull over the idea, I came to some startling conclusions.
It can be that easy.
I know how to ask questions, I know how to read, research and study. In other words, I know how to gain knowledge.
But...it's not quick and that has been my stumbling block—I want to know what I need to know right now. RIGHT NOW.
Yeah, well, not happening.
I have been (as usual) standing in the way of my own progress.
How This Applies
As Katie said in the comments on the last post, she wants to live more intentionally this year. A good many of us would like to do that, judging by the feedback.
I would go so far as to say that it's not enough to intend on living a year aware/focused/intentionally.
What about the days? The hours? The minutes? How do we live those intentionally?
To think we could live them all intentionally is quite intimidating to me. Scares the mess out of me, actually.
Just like making a masterpiece out of each day, I don't think it's possible to do.
To be intentional every minute?
Count me out.
Instead, I would like to be clear on the intent of my actions and thoughts for the day, for a project, or for how I may approach a given situation. I think by approaching things in this manner, I can let those minutes take care of themselves.
How Does This Apply To You
If you're an creative individual faced with 356 days (or less) left in your 2014 journal, you may be wondering where to go, what to do, how to fill those pages.
I'm right there with you.
If you read this blog on a regular basis, I have to make the assumption that you're creative (even if you claim otherwise) and are involved in some type of creative pursuit.
I'd like to ask you the question "What do you need, RIGHT NOW, to be your very best?"
Not for the year, the month, or the week, but for right now. What do you need?
Doesn't seem quite so intimidating, does it?
I'd like you to take some time and think about your answer. Come back and fill in the poll when you know. You may already know. Go ahead and fill in the poll today.
You can only choose one answer.
WHAT DO YOU NEED, TODAY, TO BE YOUR VERY BEST?
I'd love for you to share your thoughts on what you've chosen down below in the comments, especially if you chose something else. My hope is that we can all learn from each other!