Long Haul: The Kind of Life I Want to Live

Times of change are fertile times. I've been thinking about what I want to have in my life, what I don't want in my life, how I can build up others, and how I can build up myself as well. Figuring that out means looking at what you are actually doing and seeing if it matches up with what you want your life to be. In 2011, I wrote a blog post about how choices are a gift. I did not understand some of the hard choices to come. But even so, I have choices, and am fortunate and grateful for them.

I am trying to challenge myself to have a growth mindset and not a fixed mindset, per Brain Pickings.   Here are some questions bouncing around in my brain during this fertile time:

How can I work within constraints and broaden my life?

Are there things I've deemed impossible which are actually possible?

Why is that impossible?

Will saying no to some things create time to do more desirable things?

Have I set up either/or scenarios when sometimes it can be a this AND that scenario?

Does fear of failure keep me from trying things which might be future solutions?

Do I need to let go of my way of doing something so a good thing can happen?

Am I doing some things purely out of obligation?

Are my expectations getting in the way of enjoying what is?

What am I a NOT doing that I want to do?

Has assuming the answer to a question is NO kept me from asking a question?

Food for thought.

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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