July 2011 Newsletter – What Have You Put on The Back Burner of Your Life?

We don’t have to live the rest of our lives convincing ourselves, and others, that change is impossible. We can choose to make a difference if we want our lives to look different.

Are we waiting for someone to give us permission to make changes in our life? Are we not willing to give ourselves permission to choose ways to live healthier, with more peace and more joy? What have you put off? A change for the better always starts with one step.

“The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.”
— Albert Schweitzer

Over the years technology, and pharmacology, have seemingly become more important than the role of our doctor. The hallmark of a family doctor was someone who knew, and really listened to the patient. Time constraints, and today’s emphasis on various testing, may preclude taking into consideration lesser factors which may lie at the root of the symptoms.

A young client had been to many doctors for a diagnosis and for answers to her symptoms. No one could find anything essentially wrong with her. Due to her illness, she left her corporate job and devoted her days doing odd jobs to get by. She was currently very happy, but maintained her litany of ills. I gently confronted her one day with the question, “If you were well what would that mean for you?” Her eyes dropped in silence, and then she answered, “I’d have to go back to my corporate job. My parents and friends would expect me to work at a job like I had before — a job I didn’t like — and for the amount of money they’d expect me to again earn.”

Must we experience a diagnosis or illness to begin to listen to our heart, or follow our dreams? Ask yourself — who am I waiting to give me permission to live my life? What would I rather my life look like?  Am I living a meaningful life?

Maybe a drastic change is required. Yet, maybe beginning with one or two small changes will help to prioritize your values, dreams, and goals. Is there something you have always wanted to do, or to become, that you have put off? Why wait until tomorrow for something which may give such pleasure today?  We believe we’ll be happy down the road when something occurs which allows us to become happier then, than now. What we believe impacts our reality. If there is something we have always wanted to do, why are we waiting for permission? From whom are we waiting permission?

Whether you are 25 or 105, make a commitment to recognize the beauty in living gratefully and consciously every day.

“Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished.  If you’re alive, it isn’t.”
— Richard Bach