Jan 26 2012

Have you become comfortably numb?

Peggy McPartland

The dream is gone. I have become comfortably numb.
~ Pink Floyd, The Wall

 

Your life is filled with routine.

It feels necessary somehow, but so limiting. Mundane.

You’ve got to be in the office every day. The dog needs to be walked. The kids need help with their homework. And you love, I mean love, to watch Dancing with the Stars.

What happened to your dreams, your plans? You wanted to do big things with your life. But you’ve fallen into your day-to-day habits and routine and slowly, quietly they’ve faded away. Without you even realizing it.

          You’ve become comfortably numb.

It’s time to shake things up! We don’t have all the time in the world.

We only have today. So live like you really believe it.

People die… suddenly.

We all think it won’t happen , but it does.

Last week an incredible woman died, Joyce Hatten Jasper. She was a wife, sister, daughter, aunt and friend to so many people. A former demolition derby driver. She was adventurous, active and lived life fully. And she was far too young to die.

If you died tomorrow, would you be able to say you’d lived your life the way you wanted to? Fully and with passion?

The most common regret expressed by people who are dying is that they didn’t have the courage to live a life true to themselves rather than what others expected of them.

Have you gotten so caught up in the minutia of each day that you’ve neglected your dreams and forgotten what life’s really about?

We get sucked into the comfortable numbness for the simple reason that we’re not paying attention. We’re not fully present in each moment of our life.

Pay attention to the details. Notice whether you’re content. Ask whether fear is preventing you from accepting challenges or making changes. Are you taking time to laugh and play?

You don’t have to be so sensible! Bring joy and beauty into each day. Take chances. Go barefoot. And rekindle those dreams.

You’ll have much more regret for the things you didn’t do than you ever will for those you did. Don’t be afraid to take risks and step out of your comfort zone.

We don’t ever reach a time in our lives where it’s too late to live fully and with awareness. It’s just a matter of reclaiming your life and your time.

Yes, you have obligations. And yes, you’re tired at the end of the day. But what if rather than vegging out, you did something nourishing? Do you know that the average person watches tv for almost three hours a day?! No wonder they’re numb!

It may have been so long since you really did anything nourishing and healing that you’ve forgotten how. Start by just taking time for contemplation. Or reach out and connect deeply with others. Lovingly prepare a healthy meal. Incorporate movement into your day. These will bring a true sense of awareness and connection back into your life.

Are you compromising who you really are? Or are you participating in your life fully? Really participating in it, not just sitting back and letting whatever happens come to you.

Life isn’t just about being productive and practical. It’s about listening to your heart. Take the time to rediscover an awareness of what you love and allow yourself to create space for it. Make it a priority.

It’s important to make conscious choices of how to live. Life shouldn’t be something that just happens to you. You do have a choice of how you live your life. So be an active participant. This isn’t a spectator sport.

Sometimes we need a wake up call. Let this be it. Don’t wait any longer to shake off that comfortable numbness and fully embrace your dreams. Break out of your ordinary existence and live life like you mean it.

This is your one precious life. Live it as such.

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Jan 6 2012

Make This Your Year of Transformation

Peggy McPartland

The rain is coming down hard. The wind is blowing against the windows.

It’s definitely January.

And it’s 2012. Finally.

I’ve been looking forward to this year. A year of major transformation and change as we reach the end of this Mayan calendar cycle.

December will mark the end of the 13th b’ak’tun—a time period in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. It’s said to represent the full cycle of the fourth world of the ancient Mayans.

It’s speculation to believe we’ll see major changes in human consciousness with the beginning of a new calendar. But it’s exciting nonetheless to think about making significant changes in how we perceive the world and live in it.

This is the year to make things happen.

No more planning; no more reading; no more talking; it’s time to move forward. And it seems so perfect to do it in 2012.

We’re so afraid of making mistakes or feeling like a fraud that it’s easy to become paralyzed. If we only can learn a bit more, get that one more piece of important information, and feel just a bit more sure of ourselves, we’ll finally be able to take action and move forward.

We consume everything we can get our hands on. We’re following blogs, reading books, talking to “industry experts”, and everything else that might give us that elusive final push we’ve been looking for.

At some point we have to face our fears and take a step forward, out of our comfort zone. We’ve talked ourselves out of making any major transformation and postponed it time and time again. Sometimes we really are our own worst enemy.

You’re not perfect. But neither is anyone else.

Trust that you are enough.

You have incredible hopes and dreams. Now is the time to begin creating them.

You’ve learned everything you need and no longer have to use a perceived lack of knowledge as a barrier to those dreams. You can only absorb so much information.

So stop planning and start doing something amazing. You already know enough. It’s time to create.

Your creativity will push you to start a new career, a simpler lifestyle, healthier relationships or to begin helping others. Self-publish that book. Put your photography out there for the world to see. Offer your consulting services. Provide coaching to someone trying to bring their business to the next level. Reach out to that non-profit you’ve always wanted to be a part of.

What you create transforms not only you but the world around you. You’ll become stronger and more confident. And it’ll give you an incredible sense of satisfaction and happiness.

Start small; but find at least one thing each day that moves you forward. Take the information you’ve been so voraciously ingesting and turn it into something amazing.

You exude creativity when you care deeply about people and the world around you. Allow that energy to burst forth and create a new reality.

What amazing transformation do you have planned during the auspicious 2012?

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Aug 25 2011

Life’s short

Peggy McPartland

Life’s short is a phrase we hear all the time. But is it just a phrase or is it how you live your life? 

We know we only have a limited amount of time on this amazing planet we call home. Yet are we making the most of that time? Or do we just carry on day to day caught up in the grind?

It’s so easy to fall into a routine of work, chores and bills and forget that isn’t the important stuff. The important things are what fill you with passion and joy.

We can’t possibly know how long we have so don’t put off living your life fully until later.

It’s all too easy to say you’ll do it when the kids are older, when you have more money in the bank, or when things are less crazy at work. But that day never seems to come.

Is your life on hold waiting for that magical “perfect” time? Or is it filled with passion and joy?

If you honestly believe life is short, are you acting like it?

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
~ Mary Oliver

Start doing things you love. Every day. It’s what life’s about.

Climb a mountain. Cook for the homeless. Run a marathon. Learn to speak a new language. Build a campfire. Fill your life with the things that bring you joy.

If you aren’t happy with your life as it is, change it. Do something that matters to you.

Grab every opportunity that comes your way. It may not come again and you don’t want to have missed your chance. Life’s too short for regret.

Be passionate about life and the people around you. Don’t put off the things that are truly important to you. Life can change in an instant.

Reclaim your life. Swallow your fear. And live it as you want to.

Yes, life’s short. But it’s also whatever you make it.

So make it amazing. Stop dreaming and start living it fully and passionately.

 

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