Monday, August 17, 2015

'The examined life'

It is said that we spend the first half of our life creating ourselves—observing others, learning from others and deciding what personas we'll take on, what masks we'll wear, how we will live our lives, etc. And we spend the second half of our life unlearning a lot of what we learned and discarding many of our masks and personas along with some of the ideas and beliefs we had accumulated along the way. The second half is more about letting go.

Interesting, isn't it?

The first years we build a container and fill it up. And in our later years, we empty it out—and, one hopes, get to the core of who we really are and were meant to be.

This doesn't happen automatically. Those who live what's called "an examined life" experience this. It takes real authenticity and intention to reflect on your life and see what things are no longer working for you, what belief systems take you away from your true self and who you really were created and called to be. It takes hard work to reflect deeply on all this and make the choices necessary to get to the core of who you are. It takes courage to let go of the limiting beliefs and fears you have accumulated. I know. I'm working hard to do this myself—and facing some real fears in the process!

Where are you on the journey? Are there things you wish to change and let go? What's your first move? As always, if you wish to talk about this, please contact me for a complimentary strategy session.

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