“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world…it’s in being able to remake ourselves.” Mahatma Gandhi
Why wouldn’t we do what we love to do? It makes perfect sense to give your time and energy to what you love doing. Right? But instead, we say “Yes” to an inhuman number of to-do’s. And over the years, what we love to do is overshadowed by what has to get done. The danger is that we totally forget what we love to do.
I’ve been there. During a time in my life, I was so lost that making a list of what I loved to do left me feeling confused and frustrated. I had become an expert at doing what everyone else in my life wanted me to do and had unconsciously let what I loved slip from my mind. I kept the what-I-love-to-do list that I struggled to create for a long time, and it was the beginning of making big changes in my life that continue to this day.
Denying ourselves the pleasure of doing what we love starves our connection to our inner self and feeds the relentless pull of the outside world. We wither inside. We feel lost. We lose our sense of identity.
Our inner self needs nourishment, and doing what you love to do is like eating a healthy meal with loads of nutrients to energize you.
Create a quiet space for yourself. Make a list or draw a picture of everything you can imagine that you love to do. If it’s tough to start, give yourself some time to ponder it. Write anything that pops into your head. You don’t have to do any of it, you’re simply capturing what you may possibly be interested in doing.
Imagine the activities that fuel your soul, that ignite your passion, that you remember loving, that gives you butterflies of excitement in your belly or brings you peace. Include the tiny pleasures as well as the gigantic joys.
I love sipping a nice hot cup of coffee in one of my favorite artist-made mugs, outside, on a sunny, cool, crisp morning. I love being part of gatherings that are filled with creative, energetic, make-the-world-a-better-place kind of people. (My favorite one lately is called the World Domination Summit held in Portland, Oregon.) I love going to plays and outdoor summertime concerts. I love motorcycling, sailing, hiking and yoga. All of the experiences feed my inner spirit in different ways.
Give yourself 15 minutes to ponder what you love to do. Post the list somewhere visible to you on a daily basis. Keep adding to it.
What surprised you about your list? How does it feel to imagine doing some of the items on your list? How could you bring more of what you love to do into your life right now?