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Appreciating who you are cannot be done in the time it takes you to read this post. I have included in these posts (and the book) some of the key things I have discovered in my life to date. This is the result of my age, having lived in three different countries and my experience of three career paths including the study of psychology, sociology and counselling. So it is an accumulation of my experience so far and undoubtedly part of my life’s journey.
What has your life journey been like so far and have you begun to make sense of it? Is it all ahead of you or all behind you? How does that affect your day-to-day choices? For me I am grateful to my past and hopeful about my future whilst feeling that my current opportunities are good enough. It is up to me to make the best of what is available to me rather than focusing on what is imperfect. (Imperfection is part of the human condition and provides us all with opportunities to be vulnerable). I certainly feel that I am now on my individual life journey even though I don’t know what happens next. Do you have a sense of having a past, present and future?
The sense of life being a journey can help us gain perspective. If we use the metaphor of travel then we can appreciate that sometimes we will like the scenery and other times we really want to get out of town. Some paths are easy to walk through and others require us to accept assistance. We may see others on our journey who appear to be having an easier or more difficult time. Making comparisons can be a distraction to keeping on our own path. We may feel we are running a marathon or a short sprint, doing hurdles or mountain climbing! Henry David Thoreau says that ‘what lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.’
What opportunities do our journeys present for us and for those we meet? How do we cope with the difficulties and the privileges? What do we protect and what can we share with others we meet on the way? Maybe we can only appreciate a journey when we’ve got to the end and reflected on where we have been. It may be that we have time at the end to do this or it may be that others do that for us. It does not matter; our journey is ours and no one else’s.
How do you feel about your journey so far – share your thoughts
Some of us have faith and this belief helps to hold us in times of uncertainty. Others believe in fate and that enables them to take an appropriate stance when making plans for their future. What are we moving forward towards?
For each of us it is something to lean on and it enables us to have hopes, plans, goals and aspirations. Neither approach guarantees predictability so we can only do our best and leave the rest up to God, fate or spirit – depending on our perspective on things. ‘Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.’ Martin Luther King Jr.
For some, mindfulness and being in the moment is the best way to approach life. If your particular personality gets so caught up in worries about the future that you cannot focus on anything in the immediate present then it would benefit you to develop the ability to be in the moment. If, on the other hand, you have a healthy respect for the present and can give it the attention it deserves then you might want to develop the ability to have an eye on your future and appreciate how your current choices might impact on your future. Not in such a way that it paralyses you from doing anything, but just that you weigh up things and make the best choice you are capable of.
When I worked as a school’s careers adviser I remember some of the more academic students being particularly stressed about their future. They expected so much of themselves that they seemed to want guarantees that, for example, a language degree would get them to the UN or a business degree would get them a career in the City of London. Neither faith nor fate can tell us what will happen to us in our lifetime. In The Soul’s Code, James Hillman speaks of life being ‘foreordained yet not foretold.’
So do you have faith in anyone or anything? How do you keep hope when the evidence is not always visible? Are you so scared of being disappointed that you believe in nothing and no one? How does that affect your day-to-day choices? Is this an area you would like to explore in more detail? Leave a comment here and have the conversation with the people in your life.
- More writing
- Less over thinking
- More exercising
- Less rushing around
- More meditation/quiet time
Is there anything you would like to change?
Please leave your comments below to share your hopes for 2012. Thanks