Approximately 10 years ago I made a massive decision in my life to change my vocation so that I could leverage a talent that had been with me since my childhood. I love and have always loved drawing in pencil, Now I draw using CAD and get paid for it. Happy days.
The world that we live in today has an abundance of tools and resources for us to leverage our own creativity.
The choices we make every day create an outcome in our individual world. Our individual choices has a degree of influence on our family, which in turn has an influence on local, community, state, nation etc... My point here is not the affect of our choices but the ownership of our ability to create. The truth is we are giving away our creative power by the choices we make subconsciously on a daily basis. I want to see us all own that power, make it our creativity by our choice! AC
As I write this post there are two things going through my mind. The first being... I must write something of value, something that the reader finds "Valuable"... it needs to be "Right"... It needs to be "Perfection!!" The second being... My understanding of creativity is to let whatever form it is in to flow!! If we are willing to lay it all out there and accept that it may not be right, it may not be perfection but it is 100% authentic and integral to who we are and what we want to share then it will be relevant to one person, then fantastic. It is for this reason that I am choosing to contribute more to my blog. If it serves someone then great, if not then there is nothing lost! :-)
The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be. -HORACE BUSHNELL
Sharing my learning for this week.
I'm not sure how many times I have heard the phrase "Do the thing and get the energy to do the thing" but it is a lot.
So...my experience to date is that life is not predictable, there is no instruction book, no stop, start or pause buttons it just comes before us and we choose how we act. It is up to us to determine our focus the direction we take and the pace that we choose to move.
The key thing is to take action in line with our focus, doing this creates a re-action around us that is congruent with our focus, this in turn exposes us to opportunity, choice, motivation and energy! If we keep repeating the above we gain momentum and the sustained energy to keep doing what we wish to do.
As we move through life we will make mistakes, stumble, fall and at some stage experience life changing events, usually after substantial change we can get thrown of course, we loose our rhythm or direction. It is at this stage that we need to take time to recover, not judge ourselves, allow ourselves to accept the experience and the learning then re-focus and begin to take action again! Without fail we will then start to experience the energy again to do the thing that we wish to do. -
Remember - Discover the courage to live life on your terms
How many of us take the leap of faith and make some kind of change in our life... We talk ourselves into a belief that we cannot change and that it is hard, when the reality is that it is just a decision and that decision brings something new into our lives. The great news is it is easy and when you trust yourself and get clear about what it is you are seeking it brings great new experiences and opens many doors that were not options before. Stay tuned to hear about what has changed here.
FEAR!! we've all experienced it, that unique state, heart thumping, ultra alert, deep breathing, tense... Ready for whatever threat is about to challenge our world. All we have to survive is within, thanks to fear we are now in a state that will give us our best chance of survival. We're running potential sequences, doing our best to estimate what may happen so that we may take evasive action, right!! Fear is a good thing, Yeh...
Now... Change the scene... We're actually safe, no life threatening circumstances, just doing our stuff, just wanting to create the life we want... We've done the hard yards doing all the things that we know we can handle, then... When we need to do that thing that we haven't done before, that thing that can give us big results, life changing results...
What the!!! FEAR's back, heart thumping, ultra alert, deep breathing, tense... It's all there!! Before we know it we're doing what fear does best, running potential sequences, estimating what may happen, all to protect ourselves from outcomes that we have dreamt up. They're not actually real, because remember, we're safe, it's not life threatening, it's just different to what we are used to!
See, the beautiful thing about our fear's is that when we are in that state, we are super strong, we are in the perfect condition to handle whatever it is that we are contemplating, the skill is to be comfortable with this and know that you are in a heightened state that enables you to perform at a greater level. We can use the imaginary scenarios that we dream up as preparedness and therefore be in the best state we can be. So why not "Own your Fear's"
Andrew - Kahiba
I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This is the most common regret she heard from palliative care patients, says Ms Ware.
She says when people are facing death, most people claimed they had not honoured even half their dreams, on account of choices they’d made or not made.
She says as soon as a person’s health fails, so too does your freedom, so get cracking on what you want to achieve before it is too late.
All work and no play
I wish I didn’t work so hard.
With most of her patients hailed from a generation in which men were typically the breadwinners. Ware says she heard this regret from every single man she nursed.
She says they felt like they’d missed out on watching their kids grow up and on the companionship of their partners.
This prompted Ware’s decision to simplify her lifestyle to not need as much money as before, and to create more space in her life.
Remember your friends
I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
Perhaps the most famous ‘friends’ the world has known.
According to Ms Ware, many of her patients only realised the importance of their old friends in their final weeks.
She says they’d become so caught up in their own lives they stopped keeping track of the lives of their old friends, and in those final moments often had difficulty tracking them down. She says not giving friendships enough time and effort was one of the deepest regrets people would carry with them to the grave.
She says that in the final weeks, love and friendship is all that matters.
Why so serious?
All we really want is to smile more.
I wish that I had let myself be happier.
Ware says she found this one surprising. She says people felt they’d allowed themselves to stick with familiar patterns, fearing change and pretending to themselves and others that they were happy as is.
She says deep down they wanted to laugh properly and have silliness in their lives, and that on their deathbeds, that is exactly what they would do – she recommends doing so long before that time comes.
Speak your mind
I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
Ware says a large number of her patients suppressed their feelings to keep others happy, and ended up feeling bitter and resentful towards those people they were trying to please.
She says she learned it is important to be honest to others, which will either raise the relationship to a new level or erase an unhealthy relationship from one’s life.
From article in "The new daily" website, written by Bronnie Ware.