What if I read you a story,
Starting : “Once upon a time”,
And you realised that it was your life,
Spelt out on every line.
Would you hear my voice with wonder,
As it brushed across each word,
And pray my arms had strength to hold,
The truth about your world.
Would your view on life be different,
And would it shock you most to find,
That the things you thought defined you,
Could be summed up in just two lines.
And all the ones you took for granted,
The ins and outs of every day,
Play a bigger part of who you are,
Than you’d ever dared to say.
Would you wonder at the pages left,
And all the places that they’ll lead.
Then vow to make each moment,
One that you’d be proud to read.
Because there is a story of your life,
But it’s you that holds the pen,
And I hope you fill the pages right,
Before you reach the end.
This poem is signed e.h. and so I have no-one to whom I can give credit, but I take this opportunity to say thank you anway.
I’m so reminded of an inspired talk that I gave many years ago. In this talk, my guide was saying that an exercise we should all do is this : Take pen and paper, and write your life story as you would like it to read, starting at the day that you believe you would pass. Everyone has a rough idea in their heads of what they see as an ideal age for passing into spirit. So, if yours is say 90 years old, then you would make that your starting point for your life story and write it backwards to where you currently are.
What this exercise does for you is, it allows you to become more consciously aware of where you currently are in your life and based on the decisions that you’ve been making, would you end up at point 90 years old. If not, then it’s fair to say that you need to start taking action to kind of reroute your life. Set out your map, so to speak, of what and how you want your life to pan out and start sticking to that route.
Imagine if you would for a minute, that you’ve decided that in December, you’re going to travel to South West Africa and your starting point would be say in Pietersburg. You live in Johannesburg, but you have someone who will take you to Pietersburg and from there, you will need to make your way to South West Africa. My question to you is : would you just wing it, or would you plan the entire route from Pietersburg bearing in mind that until that point you have no control on how to get to Pietersburg?
There is no doubt that you would plan the route, that you would want to know exactly how to get from Pietersburg to South West Africa, what is needed and what you need to do in order to get there. So you would work out how many days travel it would take should you decide to go by road, or if you are able to go by plane, where would you board the plane and where would it take you. You would very likely, plan out each and every detail and so by the time December arrives, you would have a very clear idea in your head of what your next steps would be.
It’s so interesting to see how many people just wing their lives, but would plan a trip – they would never just allow themselves to hit the road and arrive wherever it takes them. Yet, we’re so prepared to do this with our life!
It’s time to make the changes that we need to in order for us to become more in control of our own life and our own outcomes. It’s time to change the way we do things so that life works out in our favour and in so doing, we bring into existence, the very things that we see ourselves as lacking and wonder why.
Find yourself a life coach. Read as much material as you can. Find out the purpose of your life. Work with yourself to make yourself happy. Work with youself to enhance your life experiences and be serious about your life. Getting up in the morning and wondering aimlessly through every day, is dishonouring ourselves. Something that we wouldn’t find acceptable in others, but we’re OK to do it to ourselves.
Think about that book of life and those pages that lie blank ahead of you and seriously decide what you would like to see on those pages and take responsibility for your decisions and the path that those decisions take your down.