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Expand Your Playlist…

What is that saying…music makes the world go round?  What is on your playlist? Do you tend to listen to the same music over and over or the same station?  Many times our lives reflect our playlist.  Have you tried a new genre of music lately?  Let’s take this a step further…what is on your “play” list?  Have you stopped doing certain things because of your age?  Has there been something you have been wanting to try but haven’t had the courage to do it?  What is something that you would love to do?  Now think about what is stopping you.  What is calling for your time and attention?

“Attention is a tangible measure of love.  Whatever receives our time and attention becomes the center of gravity, the focus of our life.  This is what we do with what we love: We allow it to become our center.  What is at the center of your life?  Carefully examine where you spend your attention, your time.  Look at your appointment book, your daily schedule…this is what receives your care and attention-and by definition your love.”   Wayne Muller

To a large degree, who we are is defined by what we love.  What do you love?  If you take this question seriously, not only will it help you clarify what your priorities are, but it will help you see who you are.  As Wayne Muller sates, take a look at what is the center of your life.  Where do you spend your precious energy and time?  Where is your attention focused?  This is where that which you love actually resides.  The challenge we seem to face as a culture is that we tend to get caught up in the external pursuits in life, and our priorities become distorted.  The doing, getting, and achieving become more important than being.  So let me ask you again, what do you love, really?  Just look at the center, the hub of your life, and you will know.

Now look again and see what you can do this week to expand your “play” list.  I want to encourage you to try one thing new this week.  Start small if you like, but start!  Enjoy!

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.


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