How would you like to be today? (Or tomorrow, if you’re reading this late at night). Happier, calmer, kinder, braver – alright, who’s that in the third row who said ‘thinner and richer’?? Seriously though, imagine someone could wave a magic wand and give you three qualities that will stay with you throughout the day, and colour your work, your relationships, your way of seeing and being in the world. What three qualities would you ask for today? Take a moment to think about it, and imagine how your day will look as you have those three qualities in it. How will it change things? What will you do differently?
My three qualities for today are ‘Lighter, Simpler and Clearer‘. Lately I’ve been thinking about how to live life from a more centred place, and I’m learning that, in order to do that, I need to work at keeping my centre – my spirit – strong.
One way for me to do this is to keep it lighter, simpler and clearer.
It’s lighter when it’s not weighed down by things like harsh judgements and criticisms (especially my own!), trying to meet others expectations, or by perfectionism and comparisons.
It’s lighter, too, when I let emotions flow, rather than clinging on to them, magnifying them, or turning them into stories that I then tell and retell until they seem like they are set in stone.
Discovering how to shed these things, or not take them on in the first place, is enough to keep me busy for some time.
It’s simpler when I keep my focus on just one or maybe two things. It seems to me our lives can be full of so much – well, so much everything. So much information, choice, opportunities, noise, activities, demands, possessions. It can be tiring and overwhelming just trying to sort through and manage it all. I find when I can keep it simple then I feel lighter, see more clearly, and enjoy it more.
And it’s clearer when I make the time and space to be still and listen. Wisdom waits to speak, but often in a small quiet voice, easy to miss in constant noise and hustle. Simple things, like journaling, paying attention and being mindful, following the breath, walking, taking time to play, be creative, rest are all ways that help me be clearer.
So how about you? What can you do to help bring your three qualities into your life (unless you do happen to know someone with that magic wand).
If you want to, share your three qualities in the comments below – as always, we’d love to hear what your experience is.