Resolve to do only what makes you come alive

8 Jun

Written by Kirri White.  Follow me on twitter or facebook.

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This post is part of the #trust30 writing initiative, inspired by Ralph Waldo Emersons “Self-reliance” that encourages you to look within and trust yourself.  You can find further details regarding the challenge here.

Day six prompt by Author Jonathan Mead

If you had one week left to live, would you still be doing what you’re doing now? In what areas of your life are you preparing to live? Take them off your To Do list and add them to a To Stop list. Resolve to only do what makes you come alive.

Bonus: How can your goals improve the present and not keep you in a perpetual “always something better” spiral?

The notion of having one week to live is a lot easier to deal with than a mere 15 minutes and I imagine that I would spend much of it going about my ‘busyness’ in a state of denial…..given that I’m immortal and all.   But seriously – this question finds me in a good place.

Aside from over-thinking and a natural-born tendency to worry about others, I truly feel that I am currently living in line with my passion and purpose.   Moreover, I have more love in my life than I know what to do with….want some?  It’s good stuff.

If you had posed the same question six months ago, I would not have been able to provide the same answer…so that speaks volumes.  To me anyhow.

I think its inevitable to periodically be in an “always something better” spiral.  Not to say that I am immune to those feelings but right here and right now –

My life is filled with more love and blessings than I had could have ever wished for.

I am contributing to make my tiny piece of this planet a better place and I’m feeling it.

To Stop list:

-Minimise the over-analysis and pondering in general.  Daydreams are fun but continue to participate in life whole-heartedly.

-Fear Shmeer. Retaliate. Topple them one at a time but remember that you don’t have to do it all today.

-The pursuit of perfection and being everything to everyone?   It’s exhausting right?  Take a break from it.

To do list or things that make me come alive

Playing like a child with my kidlets.  Engaging and connecting, taking part in their games is not only fun but leaves me feeling loved up and carefree

Walking in the sunshine. I’m a regular gym goer and have just started running but going for a leisurely walk, preferably near the water and taking in the air and the life of nature increases my feelings of aliveness and peace.

Socialise more with friends and family  – organise get togethers rather than letting someone else do it or waiting for an invite.

Be bold, spontaneous….do and learn new things that challenge my perspective and extend my comfort zone.


Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


7 Responses to “Resolve to do only what makes you come alive”

  1. Wanderlust June 8, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    I think this is probably a good approach to get our priorities back in order. If I had a week to live… I know I would spend as much of it with my kids as possible. Less time telling them what to do (brush you teeth, have you brushed your teeth?, brush your teeh NOW!) and more time just being, as you said, with them in childlike wonder.

    • Kirri White June 8, 2011 at 11:03 am #

      Thanks Kristin. Sounds like your kids are fabulous listeners…much like mine!
      Really appreciate you stopping by 🙂

  2. TerryMurphy June 8, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    Funny, I have never planned what I would do with only a limited time to live. I have on the other hand mused over what I would do if I came into a lot of money…hehe

    Perhaps it would be the same. #1 find out where I can hire a Ferrari and pick my daughter up from school. Play, have fun, stay up, probably no sleep…until I finally hear the warning was wrong and life is normal once more, at which time i would complain that I was exhausted.

    OMG it is good to read your post and realise there is so much to think about in this life…brilliant.

    • segmation June 8, 2011 at 8:34 am #

      Hi Kirri,
      I am a Happy Mum and like reading your blog. I think if I was given a week to live, the first thing I would do would to give my kids a lot of kisses. After that, I would spend as much time with them. One of the activities we like is doing art together. Especially online paint by number! How about you?

      • Kirri White June 8, 2011 at 11:17 am #

        I’m not particulary artistic but Im improving! My girls love to draw, paint and colour – sometimes on paper and sometimes using my iphone. I dont know too much about online painting so I will most definitely check your site out. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    • Kirri White June 8, 2011 at 11:11 am #

      Really? You have never thought about it? I think about it all the time. OVERTHINK!
      Dreaming of winning a pile of cash is also a fave past time….

      Terry, I love your outlook on life and I learn so much from your sharing and experience.
      Thank you, Thank you!

  3. countingducks June 9, 2011 at 2:41 am #

    I have thought about it !. If I had a very limited time I would wish to spend it with my daughters so I could try and say a proper goodbye

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