Life is short. What are you going to do with yours?

DSC00132Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. ~ Barbara Kingsolver

Satya writes: Yesterday our old man cat Fatty was diagnosed with a condition which means he’ll be on medication for the rest of his life.

This year, I turn 40. When I look in the mirror I find more and more white hairs.

We all know that life moves relentlessly onwards, and that we don’t get to do it again, but it’s very hard to really know it. To remember it.  When we’re fretting about a project at work, rehashing our anger at someone who slighted us a long time ago, or feeling upset about running out of golden syrup to put on our porridge (this happened to me yesterday!), we forget that in the grand scheme of things these things don’t really matter very much.

What does matter?

Everyone will have a different answer to this question. I could answer it in a few different ways…

1. My writing. This is what is at the centre of my life, and everything else must arrange itself around it. Despite (because of?) this, it is the most difficult thing for me to get done.

2. My Buddhist faith. This keeps me steady, and allows me to take risks that I otherwise wouldn’t take. It holds me safe in an impermanent and often-scary-and-difficult world.

3. Paying attention. This is the path to enlightenment… (whatever enlightenment is). And it brings us many treasures and insights along the way.

4. Giving to others. I feel the most joy when I can freely offer to others – a cup of tea or a meal, a mindful writing e-course, my ears, my experience, a place to stay… this is what it’s all about.

I could go on. But none of this really matters if I don’t practice putting what is important at the centre of my life.

This, as we all know, is easier said than done. But it helps if we remember that life is short. Which is why I wrote this blog before I looked on Facebook…

If it’s time for you to find out more about what matters to you, get an important-to-you project going or move it forwards by joining me during March for my Creative Intensive. From Monday you’ll receive daily inspirational emails to keep you going, weekly prompts, a private online group where you can share your process (and difficulties and successes) and two 1:1 conversations with me to get you started/keep you going.

What does matter to you? What have you been putting off? Do let me know in the comments.

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