Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Where Does the Time Go?

Someone reminded me this week that it was exactly 9 years ago that I attended my first event with Sage University. I was assisting in the kid camp in the Sage Theater on Times Square. Martin invited me to sit in on a course, and that was the beginning of a very exciting life and career. 
One of the most important questions we can ask ourselves is “Where will I be 5 years from now—or 10 years from now?” We know that we will be older. But where will we be living? How will we earn our living? Will we be alone? Will we be happy? 
Words can’t answer those questions. What happens tomorrow depends on choices we make and actions we take today. Life is meant to be an exciting adventure. Finding your adventure means taking risks. If you love, you might get hurt. If you choose to go beyond your beliefs and escape your culture you might lose a lot of familiar friends. You might look bad in the eyes of others. I made those kinds of choices, and I am so glad that I did. Now I choose to press on toward my own kind of success. 
Here is an interesting game. Make a list of everything and everyone that holds you. List the people, events, belongings, feelings, agreements, and habits that keep you on the hamster wheel. 
Then list all the things you want. Describe the friendships, toys, travel, equipment, experiences, clothes, and adventures. Then notice which of the attachments from the first list you would have to let go in order to make space for the adventure to begin. 
Most people only live in a memory. But it is easier than you think to step into the unknown and to create a new, vivid life.