17 May 2015

30 days writing {7} do more of

life is what happens when you're busy making other plans ~John Lennon

Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you had one week left to live, would you still be doing what you’re doing now? 
In what areas of your life are you preparing to live? 
Take them off your To Do list and add them to a To Stop list. 
Resolve to only do what makes you come alive.

{what's with all this 'You Only Have One Week/fifteen minutes/three years to live' malarkey?! as if the velocity of life is only clear with threats like that...}

if i had one week to live i'd be in a depression, i think, wondering what i could be doing to make that last week as useful and wonderful as possible, spend time with and say farewell to my dearest... 
but i guess that's not the purpose of this exercise... 

would i still be doing the inane stuff that makes up my days on this planet? i don't know... i'd be tempted to say i'd be doing far more interesting stuff, things that would fill my heart with joy and glee and happiness. would i go to work still? not sure... in a bit of a doubting Thomas kind of mood...

would i be living here? i'd prefer not to, but i know i'm a chicken and wouldn't give up my comfortable life in a warm house for a life in a small campervan, or a ramshackle cottage in the woods or by the seaside... in whatever country... not on my own... 

what makes me come alive then... let's go there for a bit...
* reading certain books {mostly about those who have lived lives i know i never will - devouring this one at the moment}
* listening to music
* being by the sea
* being still for amounts of time
* sitting with the cats {which can be enormously meditative}
* writing {letters, stories, bits & pieces}
* being in certain company {there are a few people who i can spend time with and feel delighted to be in their company, listening to who they are, sharing some of my foibles & notions}
* creating stuff {usually for someone or something - i'm not someone that makes stuff just for the hell of it... haven't got that inner drift, which has somehow nestle into my subconscious as being 'necessary' to be happy, or whatever...}

suppose it boils down to Communicating my inner voice and Receiving communications of others... now, let's meditate on that for while...


Kati H said...

that's a lot to do all in one week! Get exhausted by reading it all! ;)

Daan (Dan) said...

:-) not assuming it's really one week... stretching the point a little...