A great exercise is to write down all the things in your life that are important to you. What are the things you love, but could live without? Those of you who have taken my classes know that three years ago when I decided to move out to Palm Springs I sold or gave away most of my possessions. Knowing that it is very easy to rent furnished homes here in the desert I decided to get rid of my “stuff”. I went through my pictures and divided most of them up between my children, and kept a few. I packed my clothes and brought my dog out to the desert, and not much else. What that did for me was show me that I was not attached to “stuff”. Sure, I love good “stuff”, but I don’t need it. My priorities at this time in my life is people, not “stuff” or “things”. I want to go to sleep at night knowing I have made a difference in the life of another person. How does the person feel after an encounter with me? I love the women (and now men!) that come to my workshops. I want them to know that I genuinely care and that they are not just a client, or a student, but a friend. As I have said many times in these blogs, my students have become my friends and most are like a family to me. So many times in our lives we get sucked into what we perceive as the urgency of the moment, putting out the fires of our daily affairs, that we lose track of where we have intended our lives to go. As Deepak Chopra would say, we have forgotten to pay attention to our intention. This is why taking time to examine our priorities should be a priority. Is your life moving towards the intention you set? (If we were to put this in line with your memoir writing, how is that going for you? Are you still writing or do you need a little jumpstart to inspire you?). Have you become enmeshed in the minutia of the moment and been driven off course? One way to know is just to check in with your heart, you will know in a heartbeat. Or you can always ask yourself this question: Ten years from now, will what’s going on in this moment really matter to me?
Spend some time in your journal writing about your intentions from days gone by and your priorities of today.