Thursday, 25 September 2014

Working on life

A few times a year, Ken and I try to take a day or two to "work on life". It's our chance to take a step back from the day to day and reevaluate things. We want to live our lives on purpose, and we each have a few things written down of how we envision that to look. Our times to review these things together are intentional moments of making sure we're not drifting from who we want to be - in relationship to God, to each other and to others. This affects our family, our business and our daily lives.  They're decisions we make on a daily basis to focus on what really matters in life and to put priority on those things as life gets full and busy... We all know what that's like! 

Sometimes, the drift can be subtle. It comes with stress, pressure, comparing ourselves with others, influence from advertising or social media or TV, a harsh word, a "bad day"... One thing leads to another and its scarily easy to find ourselves on a track we don't want to be on. This makes it even more important, we believe, to stop, take a step back, and give ourselves the opportunity to recalculate the route if we need to. Sometimes the adjustment is a major one, sometimes it's just a little nudge, sometimes it's just a glance at the map and some encouraging glances back at the progress we've made and the road we've already travelled.

This past week we've been able to take a couple of days once again to do this and it's been so refreshing and inspiring. I'd encourage you to consider doing it too. Dream some dreams, write some things down, seek God for what true abundant life in Him might look like. Set some goals, order some priorities and set about taking the next step.

I recently read a book that talks a little about this by Michael Gerber. It's on business and so relates more specifically to taking time to work ON the business not just IN the business, but the principals are the same. He says:

"You might say that, while going to work on the business, people begin to realise that it is a powerful metaphor for going to work on their lives. And that, I believe, is the heart of the process: not efficiency, not effectiveness, not more money, not to 'downsize' or 'get lean', but to simply and finally create more life for everyone who comes into contact with the business, but most of all for you, the person who owns it." ...

"I believe it's true that the difference between great people and everyone else is that the great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next." 

To me it's the living fully verses just existing, living on purpose verses living by accident. It's so easy to drift in our faith, our relationships, our health etc, and yet with regularly taking time for a little thought, prayer and seeking out what it means to live into our purpose, life can be full, content, influential and abundant.


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