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My Life in 250 Words March 5, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Zoe tossed out an interesting post:

The Story of Your Life:

If you had to write the story of your life in a mere 250 words, how would it read?  Would it be a mystery, drama, romance, adventure?

What would be the overarching theme? Who would be the supporting characters? From whose point of view would you write?

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Who I am is who I want to be.

I have embraced my freedom by being mindful of my thoughts.  Instead of re-acting to events, I choose how to respond to situations as they arise.

Something happens.

I observe it with detachment.

Once I see the “what is” as it is, I choose whether and how to respond.

Sometimes my response requires nothing more than re-focusing my thoughts.

Emotions arise.  Happiness, sadness, anger, or frustration signal me to watch my thoughts with mindful attention.  If I’m happy, I keep doing what I’m doing.  If I’m not happy, I evaluate what is detracting from my happiness.

Watching life with alert curiosity allows me to sidestep master manipulators who use guilt, anger, or idle flattery to control our actions.

I don’t worry about my reputation.  What “they” think of me is none of my business.  I use an internal compass to guide my actions, without using others as a frame of reference.

I wake each morning absolutely determined to enjoy the day.

I don’t hang on to yesterday’s junk (disappointments, anger, or sadness).

Nor do I worry about reaching some elusive future destination “down the road.”

Unfulfilled desires create unnecessary suffering.  Life is short and can end without warning.  Why worry about a tomorrow that may never arrive?

I focus on enjoying the journey right here, right now,  allowing the path to unfold before me . . . moment by moment and step by step.

The way teaches us the way.

Be Here Now.


Quote:  The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heav’n of Hell, or a Hell of Heav’n. ~ John Milton

No Rules.  Just Write!

What about you?  How would you write your life story in 250 words or less?

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