Live Large. That’s it – the sign above my desk. I see it every morning and multiple times throughout the day. A daily reminder to live large. To seize the day. To embrace a new day and make the most of it. To dream big and then work to make it happen. All of which sounds good – even exciting – until it becomes more of a challenge to keep striving. To do more….and make it happen. For me, it seems to have become a quick mental reminder that there must be more (to a truly fulfilled life and purpose) and if I just keep searching, I can achieve it. Then, I will, truly, be living large.
There is nothing inherently wrong with goals, with dreams, or even with a vision. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with working toward goals…or with keeping busy in general. But, lately, I’ve not only been assessing my attitude and mental approach to my days, but I’ve also been taking intentional steps toward a life that is quieter. A life that is much less about striving – searching for more, trudging, toiling, plodding along and then pushing harder – and much more about living. Enjoying this life I have been given. I wonder if they have a sign for that:)
It has been a huge shift…not just mentally but in the way each day looks and feels for me. (In other words, it has been a radical change and change is not always easy. Two steps forward and one step back. You get the idea.) No doubt, some of this comes with my season of life. I get that. But the change of heart, of motives, of goals, and a real sense of change in purpose for each day…..that is something much deeper. And it is exciting.
Interestingly, one of the biggest hindrances to better progress in this pursuit has been…well, me. I get in my own way. Letting go of how I valued myself or judged my success, etc. has been a struggle. So, this post is largely a “note to self.” A granting of permission. Permission to:
* enjoy slow mornings…without the need to hit the floor running
* enjoy slow days
* stop living life checking things off a to-do list…thinking that doing so reflects a good day
* stop using others, and their standard of a purpose-filled life, in order to live my own – refusing to compare
* leave my planner unopened and empty
* browse, to daydream, to have goals and even work toward them….but to enjoy the process
Just the tip of the iceberg, but this is my five-minute post for today’s Five Minute Friday. Just five minutes – and I may have gone over but the reflection has been helpful. Enjoy the other FMF posts here. Happy Friday, friends!!