Wednesday, December 10, 2008

More of Getting Started

The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace

- Unknown fortune cookie


When you think about what you want, what comes to mind? In this holiday season, most of us are likely to reel off a list of items that we desire to own.


Nothing wrong with that, of course, as long as we keep the Big Picture in mind.


What is the Big Picture for you? We encourage a focus on meaning and purpose and feeling good about your life.


Start with the basics as your foundation.


What do you say to someone who asks you, “Are you happy?” Most people would say things like, “Yeah, mostly” or “I guess so” or “Why do you ask?”


We all spend so much time trying to get daily life done that we lose track of the overall perspective.


Keep it simple. Knowing the basic elements of happiness for you, is the key to getting more of what you want at the core of yourself.


Consider the emotional issues you are coping with and how it is going with each. Keep it brief and to-the-point. Then, set that list aside.


Next, consider what is important to you and what you want more of in your life: love, peace, meaning, friendship, etc.


Then, consider what you might do to get more of these elements in your life. Again, keep it simple and focus on two or three elements you can do easily.


For example, if you love being in the water, resolve to go swimming more often. If you love to learn new things, resolve to take a class or to pick up a book (or laptop) and learn.


This is the beginning exercise that we should repeat often, just like physical exercise. Your answers may become most elaborate, but always keep them “do-able”.


This level of focus gives you the ability to plan to be successful with your efforts.


We say it often because it is true: do more of what you want and do less of what you don’t.


Are there life complications that make this a difficult plan to implement? Of course.


The point is to do what you can, when you can, to feed your core emotional needs.


You can do it and we can help.


Live Well.