Have you ever been on an obstacle course and felt sidelined by one of the obstacles and had to jump off the path? Last week in our blog, I shared living a blue life, and today here are the five areas of a Blue Zone Life to Thrive. Does your life feel like an obstacle course? You just want things to be a bit smoother? Isn’t it time to take your life easy without any obstacles?
What’s on the path that overwhelms you? The height of a wall? Being solo on the journey? There’s water and you’re not a swimmer? Or you’re so done with pushing yourself!
How do you respond when you’re called out at work?
Two bricklayers are working alongside one another at a building site. A man walks by and asks one of them what they’re doing.
The first bricklayer replies, “I don’t know and I don’t care. All I do is slap this crummy mortar on these crummy bricks and pile them up in a crummy line.”
The other bricklayer smiles, proudly proclaiming, “I’m helping to build the new cathedral.” We’ve all met people who focus on the “what” they’re doing instead of the “why” they’re doing it. It’s difficult to feel passionate about something when we’re missing the meaning behind what we’re doing and why we’re here.
So why are we here? What’s your purpose?
How a person defines purpose has as much to do with his or her mindset as it does with personal, philosophical, cultural, religious and scientific beliefs.
The Purpose of Knowing Your Purpose Defining purpose in work, life and business is not about the daily tasks, it’s about the reason for the tasks in the first place – the why, not the what. Discovering purpose allows a person to create the vision behind the tasks, and knowing that vision can dramatically change results.
For example, a chef’s purpose is not to cook food – that’s a task. The reason for this task is…
Were you enjoying a Memorial Day cookout with friends? I had the pleasure of visiting with friends I previously worked with. A few of the friends have moved on to the next stage of their lives. The lucky ones said yeah, we’re in retirement. Some by their own choice and others because their position was eliminated and they haven’t found another job yet. The common conversation that came up, how are you feeling about this new chapter? Have you heard from former colleagues?
Life in Paradise
One friend I’ve known over 30 years, it doesn’t seem possible! l asked a few questions about a number of things that have changed in her life. I thought Anna was happy in retirement. She lived in paradise, or a wonderful community in Florida. She’s been a snowbird for the past ten years. This visit was different than previously. She recently stopped her northern snowbird travels.
Columbus had fears, just like you and me. How long had he dreamed about his trip before venturing out and leaving Spain for the New World? Would you consider a trip with the opposing naysayers? He saw the dream to explore a world others didn’t know existed.
Who would want to propose your dream to the current President for permission for such an adventure? Compare that to asking the King and Queen of Spain for permission and funding to go on your journey… I’m sure it was overwhelming to convince the King to leave for lands unknown. Yet, Columbus was granted permission and was courageous in taking enough men with him on the journey.
What would have happened if he was lost at sea?
No one would have known about his journey to find new land especially if he fell off and was lost at sea.
Have you attended a party and someone has returned from an exotic vacation? You listen to the adventures and daydream a little about their trip. You are in wonder and awe. You say to yourself that sounds wonderful for them but I don’t think I could do that… I don’t even know where to begin. So you take your adventures close to home.
I know I’ve listened to friends reminisce about studying abroad in college. The idea didn’t even enter my radar. It wasn’t an option for me. I’m a little envious. It isn’t something I would have considered or thought to do when I was in college. In contrast, today there are a lot of options available to college students, options to travel or study or go just about any where.