Here is my cup.
Crazy thing about this cup. It’s the only one I use. Seriously. I have used this cup exclusively to hold my water day in and day out for the last 13 years.
As you may notice, the handle is missing a screw and (sigh) the ice melts soon after I put it in. I knew I only had a matter of months, a year or two tops, until I would have to retire her to the shelf for good and search for something better. I was not looking forward to that day.
What could the moral of this story possibly be?
We may not want to let something go and we might fight tooth and nail to keep it the same. It’s what we know. It’s comfortable. When we finally let it go and hope for something better, even if we don’t know exactly what ‘better’ is at the moment, it happens! And that is what allows us to move upward to the next level of more!!
“It's true that we don't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's also true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives.” – Someone who knows what they’re talking about
I want people to do more with their lives! To incorporate more fitness and activity and to ultimately elevate to the next level. To self-motivate and to develop and enjoy their unique talents. To really live!
Then why on earth is this article titled Doing Less? Ironic isn’t it?
In order to do more and live the lives we are destined to live I believe we need to do less.
Let’s use time as an example. Simplifying and doing less with our time allows us to find our true selves. That is if we choose to use the time to face our demons and reflect, develop, and grow.
When we do more we achieve less
By contrast, when we do more and have our hands in a multitude of activities we successfully avoid these demons – our fears, guilts, and shames. These demons are what ultimately keep us from elevating to the next level of happiness and achievement.
‘Doing more’ means living a distracted life. Is the TV always on? Video games? Radio? Are you a work-aholic? Do you schedule activity into every part of your day? Always need to be around people? Are you always doing for your spouse, children, turtle?
Simplifying is hard
Life is full of ironicalcies. Yes, I made that up. Definition: Ironic idiosyncrasies J
Turn off the TV and face my fears? Explore my guilt? Grow myself!! GASP! No thank you, I’d rather watch Sponge Bob Square Pants on high volume while sitting on a couch covered in shards of broken glass than to do that!
I challenge you to become the person you may not even know yet. Start by doing less. Simplify.
Where will you be a year from now? Watching Sponge Bob or on the way to your dream? And please do not say that watching Sponge Bob is your dream or I may have to throw-up shards of glass on you.
I know all about fear. If that’s your stopper, call me. I specialize in looking fear in the face and giving her (or him) a black eye ;0
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.