Monday, September 28, 2009

It only makes sense that I read this when I should be doing homework...

So this evening in my browsing of the Internets, I came across this blog and this post which is exactly what I have been thinking about this last little while. The gist is that life is really short and that one should just do the things one needs to do to be that person that one wants to be.
For example, earlier this month I wrote a list of the kind of person I want to be. I feel I have been taking some steps in becoming this person. I want a group of girlfriends to do the girly things with. So I went out and joined things to meet other women.
I read another blog called makeunder my life. Jess is working on designing the life she wants and living with intention. I have been thinking lately about the kinds of intentions I want to live my life by. Every Thursday, Jess has interviews with other inspirational people who are also living with intention. It's probably my favorite blog feature as it always leads me to think about my intentions.

So far I have thought of three that I want to start living by:

1)Having a positive mindset. Instead of looking at the negative, finding the positive. For example, my dog often wakes me up multiple times in the night to go outside. Instead of being annoyed with her for it, I am learning to be happy that at least she is still here to wake me up. Molly is very sick and every day could be her last. If that means waking up multiple times to spend time with her, then I am very thankful for the opportunity to give her one more cuddle.

2)Treating everyone with kindness and respect. From the cleaners at work to the CEO of the corporation, we are all the same inside. We were all created the same way and we all deserve to be treated fairly. And you never's bike courier could be working on tomorrow's bestseller, today's janitor could be working on tomorrow's thing we can't live without. I know that I am more than what people just see so I should treat other people that way too.

3) Being accountable. If I say I am going to be somewhere, I will be there. From facebook events to volunteer opportunities to friend's milestone moments. Being there when I say I will be there makes me a happier person. And if I really can't make it, I need to be accountable and tell the person why. I also need to be accountable with following through on what I say I am going to do.

That then brings me to the two essays I need to be working on right now to help me achieve my degree. I need to be accountable to myself and get those done.

1 comment:

psychsarah said...

I really like that post you linked to. It reminds me of one of my favourite lyrics/quotes "life is what happens when you're busy making other plans". It's easy to carry on with stuff that fills time, instead of having a life. I've been working on figuring out my intentions for my non-work life (as I spent a lot of time and energy figuring out my work for most of my adult life to date and amy very pleased with the results). I find I'm flush with choice, which is a great problem to have, but it makes figuring out what to do a challenge. It's a welcome challenge but nonetheless, one that requires some serious thought if I want to live wtih intention,as you describe. I like your example of writing out the tenets of the person you'd like to be. I may borrow that idea to help me figure out all these thoughts swirling around in my head. Thanks for the thought-provoking links/post.