When I try to create the perfect life. I become frustrated because it is exhausting trying to watch every little thought attempting to make them positive ones. The harder I attempt to obtain the ideal, the more disconnected I become from my own voice because I start to mimic the spiritual ideal rather than being authentic and real. I have never been happy any time that I have tried to create the ideal life. For me, true joy, real peace, and happiness come from creating an authentic life not the ideal one.
The authentic life happens when the choices we make are congruent with our souls. So how do we know what choices are congruent with the soul? We are congruent when we do those things that bring us aliveness, laughter, joy, passion, and contentment. Following the soul is as easy as following the things you love. It does not have to mean a grand career change or abundant wealth. Following the soul is as simple as a fun day of golf, a warm cup of your favorite tea, or enjoying the companionship of a loving friend. The more we choose the build our lives around the little things that bring us joy, the more authentic our lives becomes and the happier we are. Our lives do not have to be perfect in order for us to relish them. Our lives simply need to be as authentic as possible.
Here are the questions for this week:
1. What areas of your life have you tried to make perfect? What does it feel like for you when you are trying too hard for the perfect?
2. What brings you joy? What relationships bring you joy? What activities bring you joy?
3. How can you incorporate more of those joyful things and people into your life?
4. What would an authentic life look like for you? Describe all the things you wish you could allow yourself to enjoy more often.