What Can I Do With My Life Today?

By February 26, 2017Musings

The moment I open my eyes each morning, this is the question I ask myself:

What can I do with my life today?

This question goes beyond goal and priority setting.

That’s something I do each evening before I go to bed.

I identify the top 3 to 5 priorities for the next day, plug them into a specific time slot and commit to accomplishing them on that day, at that time. They are sacrosanct.

My priorities for each day are the stepping stones to achieving my goals: measurable, tangible things that step my in the direction of what I want to accomplish.

But my morning question is more about the intangibles of life…the things I can be, as well as the things I can do.

It gets to the essence of “me”: who I am, what fulfills me, what makes my smile and live a life of purpose, on purpose.

And it’s far more than goal and priority setting, although it’s definitely encompassed by that.

It’s more about the senses.

What do I want to experience, taste, test, feel, hear and see?

What do I want to give out to the world?

I have a few quotes that I live by.

The first was given to me at a very early age by my mother, who in Shakespeare’s words used to say to me: “This above all, to thine own self be true.” I have that line written on my heart, as well as every journal I’ve ever written in.

The other is a quote by Alex Noble:

“If I have been of service, If I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, If I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, If I am at peace with myself, It has been a successful day.”

I believe we spend too little time nourishing our “selves”, and too much time in a state of busy-ness: acting more like human doings rather than human beings.

There’s another quote that goes something like this: “Many yearn for immortality but don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy day.”

Are we losing the capacity to “be”?…to experience things fully for the sake of experiencing them, with no result or outcome pre-determined?

I’ll ask you a few questions to ponder:

Are you enjoying your life?

Do you experience something every day for the sheer pleasure of the journey, not the destination?

Do you smile, laugh, help someone, compliment someone or pay it forward with no expectation of return, simply because it just feels so good and so right?

Can you sit by yourself, alone but not lonely?

And finally…when was the last time you experienced something that could not be measured, but reaped intrinsic rewards beyond measure?

In the meantime, wake each day to a purpose not an alarm, and ask yourself: What can I do with my life today?

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  • Denise Moor

    Love love this Kaarina! And the question…What can I do with my life today? Feels so right…sending hugs and so glad I stopped by! xo

  • Sam Parrotto

    Oh Kaarina, you are so right. To enjoy something just for the sake of enjoying it. I find that in my renewed list of goals and priorities, it gets further from my reality. And when I do create it, it’s challenging to give myself over. One of the challenges is in knowing I have a list of projects awaiting my attention. When I can make more progress with that list, it seems easier. On the flip side, I sometimes never get to the list if i don’t make this time for Self because I resist and avoid. Thank you for sharing this great post.

    • Thanks so much for your comment @samparrotto:disqus, and thanks for dropping by. It can be easy to get caught up in the “doing”, whereas if we take time on the “being”, the doing gets so much easier 🙂

  • I love the “human doings vs human beings” part. I’m pilfering a quote right off Facebook that someone else posted that caught my eye today and made me think of you. I had never heard of Mary Oliver but you may have since you’re so poetic 🙂

    “I want to think again of dangerous and noble things.
    I want to be light and frolicsome.
    I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
    as though I had wings.”

    Sometimes you just have to not explain further and just…. be. So there it is.

    • Love, love, love it – and you! Thanks 🙂 P.S. I’m particularly fond of the “dangerous and noble things”