Gifted with the unique insight to contemplate our existence and by obvious extension attribute meaning to this reality we share, most of us join the hustle and bustle of fitting into the machinery of our modern societies as if the innate ability to create our own identity were elusive or impotent.
Life is precious, precarious, fragile and above all transient. Contemplation of our mortality can be a perspective shifter, however if we live our lives under the assumption that old age will be our leveler we may leave it too late to sculpt our mindfulness of the present.
Some questions to mess with your current worldview:
- If you were diagnosed as having less than two years to live what current ‘problems’ would still rate as important?
- If you could trade one of your senses for a dollar value how high a price would you demand?
- If you could change (literally as opposed to would like to change) one aspect of your life, what would it be? Hint: Better relationships, health, fulfillment, wealth, status, fitness, career etc
We often live our lives as if it’s a dress rehearsal and we can improve on our next attempt. Unless you are a believer in reincarnation this is an unfortunate strategy!
One of the happiest people I ever met, drove a forklift for a living earning a commensurate wage. I’ve met obscenely wealthy and overtly successful business people who live their lives on the abyss of crippling despondency.
Is your end game to out compete the cumulative bodies of DNA within your sphere of influence? Perhaps your end game is more mundane and you wish to just get through life, pay the bills and live for the holidays and hopefully fund the twilight years.
An end game suggests a destination point. Life of course has more texture and meaning when it’s lived in the moment. It’s the journey that counts.
We are all born with different degrees of self-motivation and drive to achieve however we all have the tools to visualise HOW we’d like our lives to unfold.
If you want a relatively stress free life, imagine how that life might look and then gradually implement the thoughts and actions to make it happen.
If you want to conquer the world then weigh up the price you’ll need to pay, imagine the end game and if it’s truly what you want, then commit
If I had to pick one word to describe my ideal head space that word would be SIGNIFICANT.
Life is indescribably significant and it seems a shame to live a life of unlimited possibility without chasing significance. A smile, a gesture, a commitment to a purpose, rates as significant. A reverse engineered life from the deathbed to the present framed within the context of anything is possible is inspiring.
The opposite of significance of course is insignificant and that would be the saddest of epitaphs. Live large and prosper!