Yesterday’s post, Misalignment: Why We Lose Our Peace, was about trying to figure out how to be at peace, and maintain that peace once we have found it. Your assignment yesterday was to commit to a method of intentionally bringing peace into your life on a daily basis. I chose journaling. Perhaps you chose meditation, prayer, or something else. That commitment is to you and not to me. And, we should keep our commitments to ourselves.
Today we will look at why we need to examine our lives. Socrates is quoted as saying that,
“An unexamined life is not worth living.”
What Difference Does it Make?
When we do not look carefully at our lives, we are simply sleepwalking through them. How many times have you driven home from work, and been unable to remember a single thing about the drive. You just magically appeared inside your house. Certainly nothing positive about the drive. Yes, you may have been irritated by the gridlock or the rain. But, do you remember any of the people you saw, the shops, the trees, parts of town you’d like to explore?
And this mindlessness happens to us at work. Someone asks us to do something we have done a million times. We accept the task and wander through it without thinking.
And therein lies the problem. We have stopped thinking. We have stopped thinking about anything, positive or negative, and we just do. Or as my elders used to say, “We make due.”
When we stop thinking, we have abdicated taking responsibility for what we do, what happens to us, or how it makes us feel. We give our power to others to drag us around by their intentions.
What are your intentions for your life? To just go from day to day, praying for the weekend, dreaming of summer vacation? Only to have to face the other 40+ weeks of dread?
Is life just a process of paying bills until we keel over? No!!
This is not what you have chosen. You have chosen to live your life intentionally. On purpose and in pursuit of your purpose.
Yes, much of what we do daily can be reduced to rote, but why do that? There is something to be learned or taught in everyone and everything that touches our lives. There is a certain amount of personal style and flair that you possess that can be added to any task without being foolish.
You have the responsibility of how your life moves and feels. If it feels like it sucks, do something about it!
What Do I Want You To Do?
Choose 1 thing today that you usually do mindlessly. I would suggest your drive home since that’s the example we started with. Look for something you have never noticed before in the 100s of times you have passed this way. If you’re really feeling courageous, stop and take a picture of it and plan to journal a few moments about it this evening.
Until the ‘morrow.
You may be interested in the lead-ins to this month-long series: