Settling in for a short spate of reading before drifting off to sleep last night, I heard Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying.” Something in the lyrics resonated within me. While the activities mentioned in the song are not necessarily the ones I would do in such a situation, I could see the wisdom in the thoughts behind the lyrics.
The idea behind the lyrics ties in with my plan to start living with the end in mind. It encourages me to look more for the ways to live each day in such a way that at the end of the day I will be a bit closer to the ultimate end(s) I am working toward for this year and beyond.
Today, in and of itself, has been a bit frustrating in that I have had to fill in at work. An overabundance of calls meant that the supervisor had to have me log in. I had hoped to be able to head up to the attic to pull down some fabric bins from the attic to go through. I need to decide if the things in the bins are worth keeping or if I should send them on the way to new homes. However, I remember that it will be extra $$ in the paycheck at the end of the month and that makes it workable.
In order to ‘begin with the end in mind,’ I’m going to have to overcome one thing; making and sticking to a list. For some reason, I have Not been able to make lists of things to do and follow them. Something inside of me gets very rebellious and refuses to stick to the list.
All the distractions and side trips seem like lots more fun than doing what I know I need to do.
I welcome any suggestions or ideas on how you successfully keep to a To-Do List.
“Allow your mind to settle – like the muddy water churned up by a boat, it will soon become clear when settled” from A Thousand Paths to Happiness by David Baird.
Next time you’re at a lake, notice how the water can become murky when a high powered boat zooms by too close to shore. All the silt and bits of stuff on the bottom gets churned up and you can no longer see anything clearly. Wait for a while and everything settles back to the bottom and the water clears once more.
Once you see the bottom clearly again, you may spot a bit of treasure that you never noticed before. This happens because when things are stirred up they don’t always settle into their old places.
The next time you feel like your thoughts are chasing themselves around in never-ending circles, put on some relaxing music, sit down and focus on the music, allowing your thoughts to settle and your mind to come to rest.
When your thoughts have stopped chasing themselves round and round in circles, problems seem to solve themselves. The constant chasing of an answer, striving to solve problems only serves to churn up the silt of your mind, obscuring the answer that was right there all the time.
Worry acts as a way to churn up the silt of your mind. Once you start worrying about one thing, don’t you find that other things spring up to worry about? This is because worry acts like that power boat zooming in too close to shore over and over again as it races around the lake. No sooner does the murky water begin to settle when the boat comes racing back through again churning everything up once more in its wake.
Becoming aware of your own thought-circles and how they churn up your mind is the first step in mastering the art of allowing your mind to settle and clear. When that happens, you’ll be able to see answers to old problems and perhaps those new, creative ideas to share with others.
What are some things you do to help yourself settle your thoughts?