And it got me to thinking:
Are the things we love, loving us? Are our habits loving us back? Is our lifestyle, how we spend our money, what we own, how we eat, the pace we are living at thanking us and truly adding value to our life? Or are they surreptitiously owning us in ways that are taking away from our presence, our sanity, our joy, our peace, and our connection and love for others.
We are so resourceful, but yet we unknowingly allow our resources to make us lazy, numb and disconnected. Are our conveniences dulling us and putting us to sleep? Are our material loves taking up real estate in our mind and heart space in a way that is slowly and quietly killing the core of our beings and true essence?
Here are a few areas I ask you to consider the role they are playing in your life, and if they are truly adding value to your good and others.
Possessions: is what we spend on money on creating true joy? Or it is creating a lifestyle that we can’t afford. Do we put more effort into caring for our nice things than people? Are we in debt from having a lifestyle that we simply can’t afford? Are our houses filled with clutter and things we don’t need? Are the things we own and seek to buy enslaving us to work at a pace that is harming us? Have we fallen prey to consumerism, harming the environment or taking advantage of countries in which things are made?
Pace: is how much we are taking on with work, play, and relationships a healthy balance or is it stressful and numbing. Are we creating time for self-reflection and rest for our mind, bodies, and souls?
Relationships: Are the people we have in our life adding healthy connection and vibrancy? Are there toxic people that are sucking the life out of us? Are we connecting broadly and poorly with too many people but not deeply and richly? Are we being intentional authentic, and vulnerable with the people in our lives?
Eating Habits: Are our daily habits of what we put in mouths thanking the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of our bodies? Are the foods we eat setting us up for success each day in order that we can live fully?
Phone habits: Are our phones taking us away from connecting with people and what could be beautiful still moments. Are we so attached to the constant stimulus that we are uncomfortable to just be still?
Need for validation: Are our desires for ‘likes’ on social media driving our actions to be less authentic and more flashy/egocentric. Do we care more to present a certain facade that isn’t truly us? Is the need to take the perfect picture putting us in a loop for constant validation? Is comparing the course of our lives and activities to others creating dissatisfaction and emptiness?
These are questions I ask myself on a regular basis. None of these things are ‘bad’ in and of themselves. It’s not bad to have preferences and enjoyments and nice things or work hard and live large! BUT, the why behind what we’re doing and the emotional void that some of these things may fill in unhealthy ways is always worth being assessed and attuned.
I have this deep desire for WHOLENESS for myself and for others and my thoughts tend toward how I am working toward that. So my friends, are there any adjustments you can make to live a more aware, engaged, WHOLE life? Let’s geek out on this stuff next time I see you.
Live fully…Live Free…and of course, BE AWESOME!