Think about the concept, life's like a grocery store. There are aisles and aisles of food items, merchandise bins, freezers of perishables, end caps of attention grabbers, check-out counters filled with shiny objects, headlines and seasonal items to lure you, and the list goes on.
Besides addressing the basic human need to hunt, gather and eat food, my belief is that our shopping experience is similar to our lives. I say that given the aisles and displays dedicated to things other than food. We start out going there for one purpose and we end up leaving with more than we intended to buy and spending more time there than we originally allotted. We filter our purchases through our needs, impulses, moods, emotions, fears, wants, addictions, etc. Hmmm.
How is that like life?
There is always something or someone calling for your attention, resources, time, love, acceptance, approval, permission, etc. That can be draining and limiting. Just like in the grocery store, our choices of thoughts, words and actions with the people in our lives are filtered through our needs, impulses, moods, emotions, fears, wants, addictions, etc.
What you do in the midst of all of that will either work or not work in moving you towards your longer term goals and vision for your life. It might be time to quit making temporary choices for a permanent problem and start making choices that will result in long-term fulfillment instead of short term gratification. It might be time to resign as General Manager of the Universe and start taking responsibility for yourself.
When you focus on what you want and where you want to go you are more able to stay on task. Just like taking a list to the grocery store. If you stick to the list, your experience will be effective, efficient and fulflling. If you don't stick to the list, you will have used up time, energy and money on things that you don't need and possibly won't use. Just like in life. How much are you really giving away of yourself, your time, your energy, your resources, etc. This isn't a dress rehearsal.
If you want more out of life, here are a few questions to ask yourself throughout the day.
Are my choices in alignment with what I say I want?
Are my choices in alignment with where I want to go?
Am I becoming the person I want to be?
Am I filling the shopping cart of my life with people, thoughts, words and actions that will take me where I want to go or produce the results I want in life?
If not, then it might be time to either update what you want or course correct with the choices you are making that are out of alignment with were you want to go. Either way you are at choice. Remember that. You are always at choice!
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