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I’m going to be blunt.
But the truth is that none of us are getting out of this alive.
There. I said it.
I don’t like it – but it’s a fact.
It makes my heart race a little when I think about it too much.
However, when you embrace this truth and gain some perspective it’s amazing how different the world can seem.
Perspective on Life
Things that we thought were important suddenly we realize aren’t. At all.
That thing you feel guilty about?! Pah! Who cares!
All that stuff that you still haven’t done?! Who gives?!
Those things you ‘must-do’ that you never seem to find time for – no matter how hard you try?! Really?! Please!
Nah – none of this ‘stuff’ matters anymore.
BUT YOU DO.
We can all benefit from a smidgen of this reality every so often. It’s a great leveler and it really helps us get things in perspective.
The thing is not to let it be doom and gloom.
Instead, let it set your heart free. Truly free.
Think of it more like having the ability to shine a spotlight on your life.
Most of us here would say that we struggle to find time for ourselves and that no matter how hard we try, we just can’t get everything done that we need to – let alone find time for us.
So, let’s learn to shine a spotlight into the chaos. A beautiful, liberating spotlight.
In his New York Time bestseller, The One Thing, Gary Keller stumbled across the most profound question:
“What’s the ONE Thing you can do this week, such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?”
Take your time. Read the question several times over and think about it.
The truth is that we all have the same hours in the day – yet some people seem to get much more done, are happier, and much more fulfilled. How come? Well – they focus on the One Thing.
The sands of time are running through the hourglass. Time for some perspective on life.
As Keller goes on to say, the fact is that “not all things matter equally”. We have to find “the things that matter the most”.
Shine that spotlight.
Of course, we all have to work, pay the bills, do the washing, and all that jazz, but we don’t have to let it be our One Thing, taking up headspace and dominating our thoughts and lives. Get these things done quickly and at a level that is just about good enough – no more.
Then, turn on the spotlight. It’s up to you where you choose to shine it. That’s because you matter. It’s your life.
We know the end result. It’s the same for all of us.
But shining that beautiful light is not predetermined. It’s not a forgone conclusion.
As Keller says “going small is a simple approach to extraordinary results, and it works. It works all the time, anywhere and on anything. Why? Because it has only one purpose – to ultimately get you to the point.”
Sometimes shining our spotlight gets us to prioritize and be much more productive. Other times the results can be much more profound and existential.
So, go ahead. Shine your spotlight. Get to the point.
You deserve it.