My inner critic does not believe it’s ok to be all over the place. Follow the check list, tick the items off and feel accomplished. That is the ego’s rule. Work hard! I never was much of a list person, but I would have a goal in mind and try to accomplish that by making a vague list to follow. Funny thing is, the lists seem to repeat themselves over the years. Did I ever get anywhere??
There isn’t anything wrong with lists, but sometimes I stop and realize I’m missing the whole point. That happened this morning as I read one of my favorite author, Michael Roads’ daily quote in my inbox. I read every single one of them…
Focus on the target, but ‘live’ the arrow in flight.
Suppose you have a business ambition, or a wish to be spiritually enlightened, or whatever your target is that you are aiming at.
Focus on that target clearly, without seeing any problems or difficulties. This clears the way. Seeing problems creates obstructions.
You must now bring your awareness and full expression into the moment. You know the target, it is in your focus, now . . . you live as the arrow in flight. The more focussed and clear your vision, the truer and more sure flies your arrow-self.
Unconditional Trust is the flight of the arrow.
Michael J. Roads
The excerpt is from his book 365 Steps to a Happier More Conscious Life.
Read that statement a few times and take a deep breath or two. What does it bring up for you?
I’m a goal oriented person and one of my strengths is to get shit done, but many times I wonder if any of it brings me any closer to where I really want to be?
I don’t know.
I think I understand where I want to be in my “evolution,” but seriously, does anyone really know?
I for sure don’t know the big picture even if I can feel a hint of it sometimes.
I’m an adventurer. Not that I went and discovered some lost continent, but my own frontier is enough since there is so much to discover.
People say: focus on one thing and make that spectacular. Become an expert.
I have tried. I’m one of those people who gets interested in something by chance. I read and absorb everything I can about the subject, and when I’m done I’m on to the next bright thing. I could teach many things, but that’s not really my “thing.”
In some ways I’m a walking encyclopedia of useful and useless information.
No wonder I can’t see my way through the jungle of possibilities.
I have been trying to combine my spirituality, which is a practice close to my heart, with my art, and create a fusion that can help people in some way.
Nothing has really gelled, so I keep forging ahead in the wilderness with my machete/ paintbrush. I can’t stay with one type of motif and explore that at length like some artists do.
Now there is a word for people like me! A woman by the name of Emilie Wapnick gave a TED talk about being a “multipotentialite.”
I found it comforting and delightful to listen to the talk.
So, I guess the gist of this post is to be content with being all over the place. Remember to stop and smell the roses! Don’t live by ticking off items on a list. Focus on what you want next (and that can change if you’re anything like me,) and be the arrow that shoots free and clear toward that goal.
The best suggestion I can give today: be kind to yourself and allow for a wider perspective to seep in. No hurry, no worries. Have TRUST and enjoy the journey, wherever it leads. It’s good to have goals but not at the cost of the simple joy of living.
Follow the moment and life is always fresh and full of wonder, and explore the word Trust. There is so much more to that word than meets the eye.
I am discovering a whole new level of TRUST and it’s awesome.
My latest painting:
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