Halfway through the journey, I find I’m more successful in setting goals and objectives, focusing my time and energy, and (ever so important!) acknowledging the successes I am having in life when I structure everything around a common theme of creation.
I believe we’re creative creatures, and we are most in the ‘flow’ (as defined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi) of life when we’re actively creating around us.
I believe we are conscious observers, and that our reality is defined by our intentional observation. Read about the dual-slit experiment if you want to consider some science on this topic. Read about the law of attraction if you want something a bit more meta-physical.
But, I believe too often we think of creation as a something artistic. People create great paintings, symphonies or novels. We look at our own lives and say ‘me….I don’t create anything. I’m just getting by. I can barely stand my job and my kids are driving me nuts.’
I disagree. We’re all creating all the time. We just need a framework for thinking about that creation. My framework focuses on identifying and acknowledging whenever I am creating any of the following:
- Achievements – Pursuing and succeeding in unique and meaningful accomplishments that can be distinctly measured. This could be as simple as getting a work project done, finishing a race, writing a blog post or organizing the closet.
- Experiences – Spending time immersing in nature’s wonder, discovering new places and cultures, participating in exotic activities or simply going on a walk around the block with your child.
- Connections – Building deeper relationships with friends and family who are partners on the journey and active participants in creating achievements and experiences together.
I encourage you to take a moment and reflect on, write down and express gratitude for anything you’ve created today, yesterday or recently. You’ll be amazed at how much there is. You’re not just getting by. We’re all creating all the time. And life is all about what you’re creating.