A day is a page of a book and, as such, it cannot be written without a reason or direction, as a part of a bigger narrative.
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“Write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” ~ Ben Franklin
Each day is a page. Each year is a chapter. Have you ever thought about the book you’re writing?
Think about it. You’re writing a novel, right now, and it may be something grand and great, or, if you’re like the masses, it will be boring as hell. The choice is completely yours, what you write, that is.
Are you paying attention? Are you, on a daily basis, focusing on the life you’re living and where you’re heading and who you’re becoming? Or are you simply existing?
The reality is that most people go through the motions. We go through the motions every day of our lives, save for a few where we genuinely feel alive. It’s those few days that we talk about and remember and tell others about, but, the majority of our lives is still spent doing things we thing we ‘have to do’ rather than doing what we want to do.
For many in the west, we ignorantly feel as though our course is set for us from a young age.
We go through high school, then attend college, then travel a little, then work, then retire, then die.
There are moments of life, but the overall trajectory is embarked upon on autopilot, in ignorance of the choices we can make every day that can dramatically change such a course into a direction that’s much more suited to what our souls ask us to pursue.
Much of this sedated existence is a product of laziness and of fear.
We stick to what we know and who we know and never step out beyond this path. We feel like fish in a stream never realizing that we have the ability to stand up, get out of the water, and climb a mountain and see something few eyes – if any – have ever seen before.
That’s what’s unique about being human. Our existence is more about survival and pleasure. There’s a deeper purpose to what we do if we’re aware of the choice and if we’re courageous enough to make it.
That’s the recipe: awareness and courage.
That’s all. You have the capacity for both. It’s time to start using them and to really think about what you’re doing with your minutes, hours, days, weeks, and years before your last year is upon you which, you have no clue when that moment will come, so be mindful of how you’re spending your time and WHY you’re using it and for what purpose you’re using it.
This is important stuff that we only give minutes a week or even year. Come January we think of this stuff, but after a few days we’re back into a mode of active and living that isn’t exceptional at all, which makes no sense because the potential to be exceptional and to live an audacious and daring life is within all of us if only we’d have the awareness and the courage to make the right decisions and take the necessary actions to live a life worth writing.