14.01.18 – I could do this for as long as I live

Consider how our approach to something changes if we do not think about it having an end point, if it carries on for as long as we carry on.
If I do something today, it is a moment in my life that can be seen as either good, bad or indifferent. If I say that I will carry on for a week, a month, a year, it may be longer, but there is still a time when it will end.
What if I say to myself, “I love doing this, it nourishes me, it serves me and there is no reason to stop until a reason presents itself. I could do this for as long as I live”
When I say this, something changes in my attitude to the daily action. It suddenly becomes no easier to evaluate and critique than the entirety of a life. It becomes a journey of unfolding where showing up every day becomes more important than the actual activity you are doing.

Poet William Stafford, who wrote a poem every day for 40 years, describes it well.

“I keep following this sort of hidden river of my life, you know, whatever the topic or impulse which comes, I follow it along trustingly. And I don’t have any sense of its coming to a kind of crescendo, or of its petering out either. It is just going steadily along”

I suggest that we all have a small act we could do every day to help us better view the unfolding of our life.
Find yours.
Do it.

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