While I believe the original idea was to have most of the posts in one location, I am tweaking. This is the first one here at MLWFY. There are quite a few over at My Beautiful Chaos, and they all get Tweeted.
Day 6 Challenge | Jonathan Mead | Come Alive
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’re 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?
I have made it a personal challenge to find balance between my inner butterfly and my inner warrior. Oh come on, you know what I am talking about. Those two sides of the personality – one all positive thinking, meditative and granola, the other boot straps, sweat, rolled sleeves and damning the torpedos.
While these two character attributes like each other fine, they initially had no interest in working together. They just didn’t see the benefit. The approaches were just too different and it seemed like one had to be wrong for any situation the other was right for. They just took turns and left me with the added anxiety of choosing which was better suited for a particular task.
It was a joyous day when all parties involved learned the beautiful ways in which the warrior and the butterfly could work together to make my life easier.
It is true that some things just “gotta get done.” I have responsibilities that I have offered to others, bills to pay, children to feed, needs to fill – the warrior is required to “handle it” when it needs to be handle – regardless of whether it makes the butterfly dance in the sun. The butterfly, however, can remind the warrior of the beauty in all things – even when it is’t fun or downright unfortunate. She can encourage and strengthen and remind the warrior that the work of the strong is good – if it was easy, everybody would do it and this makes us special.
It is true that connection with our inner self, our center, our core, is so very important. My butterfly is instrumental in keeping my compass pointed at my true north, reaching in and listening to the still, small voice, slowing me down to evaluate whether choices are in line with my personal mission – even if the warrior is loaded for bear insisting that an okay plan today is better than a great plan tomorrow. The warrior does stand at the ready. The strength and determination allows the butterfly to feel free to fly as high as she would like, dream big, jump high, take risks – all the while knowing that the warrior is prepared to lend her strength to any task that may arise.
I have today, it honors my yesterday and prepares my tomorrow while giving me purpose in the present. I can meet whatever it brings. There is nothing better.
**Photo Credit to Pan