Say yes to something today, maybe even life. What does that mean? It could mean something as simple as saying yes instead of no when someone offers a new experience.
It could be as life changing as saying yes to a job in a different state or country. It could be saying YES to life, wherever it takes us.
I believe in exploring. Sometimes it's something small, like a wisp of a word that sounds intriguing, or some new online venue or tool, or as big as saying yes: I want to know what my life is about next.
We live in the small increment of now, and more often than not I walk through a tunnel with only a candle in my hand to light the way. It always shows me the next step, and that is all I need to know.
It's so hard to let go of control, to think that I have to fix everything myself. In reality, I don't keep my heart beating, something else does.
I know what I like, what I love to do, but that is not necessarily what is best for me. Eating ten donuts is never a good idea, for instance. I can choose to do something that is life affirming, like following my talents and do something with them.
And I do. I make art to the best of my ability, but sometimes the pieces don't look right and I get frustrated. BUT, I spent that time making art, and it moved my passion forward and I learned something. Passion is something that makes me feel excited to get up in the morning.
It makes sense to follow where passion leads. I want to feel good. Following my passion is not easy but I learn a lot, and the knowledge is priceless.
Today I woke up tired and feeling blah for no obvious reason. I only had one beer last night and I fell asleep in the middle of a Netflix movie.
I took a look at my studio through the open door and saw the mess of frenzied former activity there. It didn't inspire, but after I write this, I will go there and I will make art. The siren is calling. If I clean the mess, good, if I don't, who cares. I have no idea what I will make, but I'll put pen to paper, or maybe a dab of paint on a canvas. I have several going. I have no idea what the canvases want to "say" but I paint a little here, a little there, and a theme starts emerging. Faith and patience go hand in hand.
What little thing can you do today toward your passion? One little step leads to another. When will your focus become a pinpoint laser that won't stop for anything until it lights up its target--YOU!
The key to living a passionate life is to move forward every day, one step at a time. A small, but sometimes difficult permission since we don't allow ourselves to do what we love. Duty calls first, and a day is lost in the fog of duty = possible misery.
Duty to others first. What would happen if you made the time to put yourself first? Maybe get up an hour earlier to draw something in your sketchbook, or write down what is on your mind? Swipe aside all the excuses and create a new life, increment by increment. It's a great way to live! The world expands with every step, truly.
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Truly, take a step toward changing your life if it sucks.
My two cents.