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52 Birds: Week 14

Learn: Prioritize What You Love for Fulfillment in Life


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Over the past few weeks—or maybe even longer—I have felt lost. My thought patterns have gone in circles. I have felt uncertain, unhappy and unmotivated. Journaling about my feelings recently, I found myself listing the good habits I have let slide: meditating, exercising, mapping my to-dos ...

That’s when a light bulb went off: No wonder I feel lost! I’ve neglected the activities that help me stay on track with what gives meaning to my life.

Last fall as part of the Chookooloonks Path Finder course, I got back into the habit of journaling and have kept it up pretty well. One Path Finder exercise was to write a letter to myself that recognizes what works for me and encourages me to stay on my life's true path. I didn’t have to reread the letter to remember the activities that will help me get back on track when I resume them:

  • Connect with friends and family
  • Meditate
  • Journal
  • Map my to-do list
  • Make time to create art
  • Explore new places and experiences
  • Exercise
  • Eat & sleep well

What I Have Learned

Through this recent experience, I’ve learned that it’s easy to get off course. And I expect to discover it’s nearly as easy to get back on track. Just as practicing a foreign language helps keep the language accessible, practicing or acting on my "light words" (as Karen Walrond would say) helps me access fulfillment in my own life. I suspect that when I prioritize Connecting, Creating, Exploring, Learning and Moving again, I will regain my self-confidence, my happiness and my motivation.

What has helped you get back on track when you feel lost, uncertain, unhappy and unmotivated? Share here in a comment or connect with me via twitter.