Thanks for checking my blog! I know my post days have been a bit inconsistent lately. You have to know, I spend way too much time over-evaluating everything that I think about writing for my blog and really don't want to post if it's not at least a tiny bit inspiring and truly from my heart. These last few days I have been back and forth about what I should write about. What I drafted yesterday, I decided not to use. Today, if you don't mind, I'm just going to think outloud. I have none of this written out. I decided to see what flows from my fingers as I type.
This week I received a forward from Seth Godin's blog. I have received them before and he always makes me think bigger and more creatively. Though it was referring to business decisions, I would like to apply it personally. Here are the three thoughts that really struck a chord with me:
* How much of your time and money do you spend on creating incredible experiences vs. avoiding bad outcomes?
* As you get older, are you busy insuring that a bad thing won't happen that might upset your day, or are you aggressively investing in having a remarkable thing happen that will delight or move someone?
* Has my life become more about avoiding risk than providing joy?
GREAT questions, aren't they?
It seems that the older that I get, the more I try to create meaningful (though not always incredible!) experiences. I have been to way too many funerals in this last year or two. Each one reminds me that we are not guaranteed another day and that it really is important how we spend our 'dash.' So now, I spend more time playing. Though careful to attend to my responsibilities, I find myself adjusting my schedule more often to spend time endeavoring to bless someone, provide them joy, savor a remarkable moment, or enjoy a beautiful day. I'm really loving that part of my life! When I am up late in the evening working on something, I ask myself more and more, "If I died tomorrow, would I be glad that this is the last thing I was doing?" Most of the time I can answer yes. If I can't, then I stop, call it a night and go to bed. It's been a great gauge for having my life reflect a more authentic version of what I really want to be known for.
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, our family is once again daily offering thanks through the month of November for the people and things that bless our lives by writing those thoughts on tags and putting them in our conucopia. I have written out the menu and grocery list and ironed the tablecloth. What I am most excited about and preparing even more for, is an object lesson that I will present to my family on Thanksgiving Day and my best friend's family the day after. It all stemmed from the blog that I wrote last week about our cups overflowing. I don't know that it will be incredible, but I do know that it will be meaningful and memorable. When all is said and done, I will probably spend more time preparing that (along with some mementos for each person) than I will preparing the food for the day. I would rather be known for creating meaningful moments than for great cooking, Which is a great thing, as I'm positive I lost my award for best cuisine years ago!
This month and in the weeks to come, I encourage you to be more conscientious of the experiences you are creating. How do people feel after being in your presence, around your table, or in your home? Have you thought lately about how you could delight someone or bring them joy? I'm deciding to break out of the 'routine' and go for 'remarkable!' Next week, I'll be posting from Nashville! I will share some ideas of how we can do that, in big and small ways.
Creating Experiences With You,