Sunday, June 5, 2011

#Trust30 Day 6: Come Alive

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Come Alive by Jonathan Mead

Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you had one week left to live, would you still be doing what you are doing now? In what areas of your life are you preparing to live? Take them off your To Do list and add them to a To Stop list. Resolve to only do what makes you come alive.

Bonus: How can your goals improve the present and not keep you in a perpetual “always something better” spiral?

(Author: Jonathan Mead)

If I had a week left to live, I would rent the condo at the beach, take my favorite movies and musicals and my art journal and I would take off until the end. I would probably just sit on the balcony most of the time listening to the waves. I would invite friends and family to come on over so we could tell some stories and say whatever we needed to.

Even though I am not currently living at the beach doing nothing (who can afford to do that ALL THE TIME), I feel pretty good about where I'm at right now. When I feel like I'm not "living", I figure out what I need to do and I try to do it - make time to be with friends, enjoy art, take a class, visit my friends out of town, take off to the beach a couple of times a year.  I'm not there 100% of the time, but I don't spend a lot of time thinking about "someday". You never know, so it is better to try to keep up as you go along.

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