I didn’t know what I wanted to post today. I could have given you one of my ideas of how to channel your inner passions, but I honestly didn’t feel like it! For some reason I typed the word “life” and typed out an acronym for it. I have no idea why but I am happy that I did. In doing so I discovered thoughts swarming around in my mind that I did not realize were there.
Life: listen, invigorate, familiar, eager
Listening is a major part of our life. We listen to the brain chatter. We listen to our family and friends. We listen to the radio. We listen to the messages of advertisements. We listen to the body language of others. Listening is a great quality to have but it is also something to be taken cautiously. We can easily listen to the wrong messages, which can then throw our life askew. I believe it is important to be able to shrug aside the negative messages. In order to do this we must know who we are and what we stand for. Know your beliefs, know your passions, know where you stand. Do not be afraid to listen to yourself for this will open up opportunities you never imagined.
Invigorate. Wow, what a strong word. Life IS invigorating; take a moment to think of it. People invigorate us, nature invigorates us, different moments in life invigorate us, our thoughts can invigorate us, actions, beliefs, moments, love, ideas, feelings, questions, the truth, hobbies, a good book, a horse ride with my dad on a cold winter afternoon, laughing with my friends while backpacking through Ireland, ‘ a new “crush”, making an ‘A’ on that ridiculous assignment, the realization of your potential in life … Gosh, I could write “invigorations” indefinitely. What invigorates you?
There’s something comforting about the word familiar. I find it comforting to think of life as familiar. Life is something we are used to, we do it every single second of our day. I take life for granted because of the fact that it is familiar. By actually admitting this, I am a little saddened. I don’t want to take life for granted. I guess this correlates with living my life passionately because the more I work on that aspect of life, the more I enjoy life, and the less I take it for granted!
Eager… Ahhh I’m soo eager to find my passion in life. My life is encapsulated with eagerness. I can’t wait to find my true calling, but I know that I need to enjoy every moment in life. It is ok feel eager over something, but you should not allow it to consume your life. A close friend and priest gave me the best advice this week. We were discussing my life and I mentioned how I wanted to find myself by graduation. He stopped me and said, ” Do not worry over ‘finding yourself.’ It will happen when God is ready. Just follow the path he sets out before you. You may not know where you are going, but if you are doing what you feel is right then this will be sure to lead you, to you.”
Who knew the word life could bring out so many ideas and thoughts. It’s funny how taking time to free write, opens up places that you never realized. So my challenge for you today is to free write. Write whatever is on your mind. Be creative. If it takes an acronym of a word such as life, then so be it, but if not then that’s ok too. Just do whatever your heart desires. Good luck!