Moments that Matter….Living Your Fullest Life!
As I write this final post in my 5 part series based on Jim Rohn’s book The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle, I find myself overflowing with the richness of life. I’m currently spending a month working from the lake house where I spent all my summers growing up, a half hour outside of Madison, WI. Of course, being able to do so is one of the unmistakable perks of the life of a network marketer! 😎
And I must say, I absolutely love the beautiful serendipity of life. I’ve spent the past week surrounded by (in my opinion) the most amazing family in the world. We have gathered here every 4th of July for 20 years now, sharing laughter and love over memories new and old. And I must say, the sunsets here are truly spectacular! This is truly the life!
What’s beautiful is that this post is all about LIFESTYLE, or the final personal quest achieved only when we blend our personal philosophy, attitude, activity and results. To truly live the life, you must understand that happiness is part of the cause and that wealth is merely an effect. If you are a person who holds the belief that if only you could solve your money problems, THEN you could be happy, well you are missing the bigger picture!
Picked flowers from the garden, delivered with heart, can carry far more value than a delivered bouquet of orchids. A trip to the symphony is only a few more dollars than a trip to the movies, and you don’t have to own a Picasso to appreciate his genius. Donating to charity is admirable, but giving of your time and energy to a worthy cause is much more meaningful and rewarding. Taking your teenage child to their favorite concert will earn far more points than never spending time with them but buying them a new car. And of course, words of appreciation, a shoulder to cry on and admission to a gorgeous sunset are always free!
“We don’t have to be rich to live richly….It doesn’t take more money to change how we live. It takes more deliberate thought and a greater appreciation of the real values in life.”
Lifestyle is truly an art form. It’s about communicating with sophistication, and taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. It’s about emotional control in times of challenge and emotional release in times of joy. It is about experiencing the full range of what life has to offer, and in doing so, truly living life to the fullest! Lifestyle is not a condition to be pursued, but a skill to be mastered. It’s about continually bringing MORE to life…..more substance, joy, energy and pleasure into our own lives and the lives of those around us. The key is, this skill must be acquired while we work on our goals, not once we have accomplished them!
I think so many people think about lifestyle and imagine lounging on a beach, sipping martinis, napping in the hammock and having chauffeurs and servants waiting on them hand and foot. Sure that’s fun for a week (ok maybe even a few weeks!), but c’mon, can you tell me with any degree of seriousness that you would not go absolutely crazy if this was your daily life?
So if it is not endless fun that we are in pursuit of, then what is this quest toward the “good life” really all about?
“We may all have different opinions of what lifestyle is, but hopefully we will all agree on what it is not: It is NOT something we GET simply as a result of having more. Lifestyle is a result of LIVING more….living more fully, living more consciously, living more joyfully, living more appreciatively. The more fully we live, the more we do and the more we become. Lifestyle is not a reward for all our hard effort, it is a way of making our hard effort more rewarding, more meaningful and ultimately more productive.”
Remember, we are human beings, not human doings! Most people are so caught up in yesterday and tomorrow that they forget to BE wherever they are. While we are at the office, we are thinking about home, while we are at home, we are thinking about the office. We are everywhere at any moment except IN the moment!
If we are caught up in going through the motions and are not engaged in the experiences and opportunities that make up our life, then we will never master the art of living well. We must let life touch us, both the positive and negative, if we are to live a life of substance.
“That is what lifestyle is all about: finding unique ways of transforming emotional possibilities into meaningful experiences that are within our current means.”
The bottom line is, if we wish to be happy and wealthy, then we must study happiness and wealth, so that we can think, feel and act happy and wealthy. These things simply do not happen by accident. As I’ve said over and over in this series, the key thing to understand is that what is easy TO DO, is also easy NOT TO DO. The good life is available to any of us who choose to make it a serious study and practice.
If you are reading this and thinking you have more work cut out for you than you think you can handle, just remember to BE present and take each moment as it comes. Whatever you do, DO NOT WAIT!
The greatest danger most people face in the pursuit of the good life lies in facing their OWN COMFORT ZONE. We get comfortable, and become oblivious to the sound of the ticking clock. If you are waiting until tomorrow to make that call, to start cooking nutritious food for you and your family, to turn off the TV and read a book or to devise a plan to make the change you so desperately need and desire in your life, just remember back to part 1 where we defined Failure: small errors in judgment, repeated every day….and Success: a few simple disciplines practiced every day. The difference is seemingly subtle, yet makes all the difference in the world!
“The problem with waiting until tomorrow is that when it finally arrives, it is called today. Today is yesterday’s tomorrow. …. Time is the great equalizer of all mankind. It has taken away the best and the worst of us without regard for either. Time offers opportunity but demands a sense of urgency.”
Unless you want to look back on your life and say “if only I’d done things differently…”, then there really is no better time than now. Begin today.
“We cannot keep waiting for a foolproof opportunity to come by before we force ourselves to get serious. We must identify our current opportunity and embrace it. We must breathe our talent and our vigor and our new sense of urgency into its existence and discover all that we can do.
We cannot allow ourselves to dwell upon the risks in every opportunity. Instead, we must seize the opportunity that is inherent in every risk, knowing that we must sometimes run the risk of going too far in order to discover how far we really can go.”
I hope you have found this series to be valuable, and that you have walked away inspired and craving more out of life! If so, please pass this along to your team, ReTweet to your followers and share with your friends on Facebook.
“May the pieces to your life puzzle come together smoothly, and may you enjoy the picture of that finished masterpiece as a result of your unwaivering commitment to mastering the basics.”