The Big Picture

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Sometimes I look back and am amazed at how much growth has happened in my life. Sometimes I look back and and think, “I can’t believe I thought that was my biggest worry”. It’s pretty crazy to think about how a moment that is happening right now, might not even be relevant a day from now, a week from now, or even a year from now. But yet, we spend so much time analyzing and depicting these moments instead of focusing on what truly matters. But how do we know what truly matters?

At the beginning of this year I decided to write out my goals, like I do every year. But this time I found an awesome tool to help me do that. It’s called the PowerSheets, and I am telling you…this was the biggest eye opener. Because sometimes we don’t really know what our goals are. Sometimes we think we want to just lose an extra few pounds, or eat less sugar. But there is so much more to that. Something deeper. So instead of taking a look at the surface, why don’t we look deeper? Maybe because it’s a harder reality to face? Maybe we really don’t know what to look at in our lives or how to look any deeper.

For me, this was a little tricky. I thought I knew what I wanted. I thought I had it all figured out. Until I asked myself this question: “When I am 80, what will matter to me? What will make me feel whole?”, this is when things started to change. My thoughts were flowing in a new direction. They were not thinking of the now, the past, but instead… the big picture.

My big picture includes family. It includes an immense amount of love, adventure, smiling, and peace. Once I discovered what is truly important to me in my life, everything else kinda seemed to not have as much importance. I have learned to say no to the things that don’t make me happy. I have said no to the things that seem to upset my life or are not helping me to grow. Saying ‘no’ has been the key to my big picture. But also saying ‘yes’, too. Saying yes to happiness and wholesomeness. Saying yes to being the best me I can be. And saying yes to living in each beautiful moment.

What does your big picture look like?

PC: Lauren Damaskinos

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