What are we doing to create value in our lives?
I read a blog post the other day, “Giving up on Social Media” by Steve Corona. My husband recommended it to me knowing that I have been trying to cut back on my internet time. Now, I’ve read similar posts from other sites about this very thing. People give up Facebook, Twitter, etc…for thirty days and find they have rediscovered their creative soul along with this wealth of time to do things they had long neglected. But it was a particular comment Mr. Corona made about not creating enough value in his life that caught my eye.
What are we doing to create value in our lives? It certainly isn’t spending hour after hour perusing Facebook and Twitter or the rest of the internet. Instead, we could be writing our novel or a new poem, painting, writing a letter, helping out a friend, reading to our kids or simply having an honest-to-goodness face-to-face conversation with another human being, etc…
What am I doing to create value in my life?
I’m generalizing here and I hope you’ll forgive me. I know that social media is how many make their living. It is a great thing, don’t get me wrong. But it can also be a slippery slope. How much is too much? Of course that depends on the individual. Right now, I’m just talking about me. I am taking a long, hard look at how I am creating real-true value in my life. And lately, well for the last couple of years, I don’t think I have been creating much value in my life at all-at least not creatively speaking.
It’s time for a change. For me, it really has to center around being “mindful” of my actions, my daily habits,and the things I introduce and allow into my life. It’s so easy to forget and just go with the flow. But it is crucial that we maintain and encourage constant and positive mindfulness. It’s sort of like a system check, if you will. It can be as simple following the words of one of my favorite quotes, “Please take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space.” – Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. We owe it to ourselves and the people around us to be mindful of our energy, our attitude, our feelings and our intentions.
Right now, I’m writing (and drawing) regularly in my journal. I bought a brand new Moleskine so I could start afresh. It’s a hodgepodge of thoughts and ideas and it is giving me a lovely sense of release and thoughtfulness that I’ve been missing for a while. My favorite thing is to sit out on our deck with a cup of Blueberry Rooibos tea and write in my journal and read a good book.
You know what is funny? Most of you know I am a self-declared unabashed lover of cooler weather. I live for Autumn and early Winter. But right now, I am enjoying Summer so far. I am reveling in the warmth of the sun, the delightful caress of the breeze and the whisper of the wind in the trees as it gently shakes the leaves. I am opening myself up to it and allowing myself to lie back against the bosom of June.
Slowly but surely, I am starting to create some value in my creative life. And it feels really good. 🙂