Monday, January 25, 2010

Take a Step Back and Ask Those Hard Questions

You may be so focused on your to-do list that there is no time to ask significant questions that might alter future lists.
"Anyone who has tried to combine earning a living with having a life knows that the two are incompatible. The wonder is that so few publicly acknowledge the incompatibility. Most of us try, in quiet-or not so quiet-desperation, to juggle as best we can." Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
Are you bristling? Would you be willing to hold back your objections for a moment and open yourself to new thinking?

Hear these words from 2 Peter 3:1 (The Message Bible)

"My dear friends, this is the second time I've written to you, both letters reminders to hold your minds in a state of undistracted attention."
Seriously? Keep holding those objections back just a bit longer.

What could your life look like if you gave undistracted attention to your passions. Step back from your assumptions that you must work full time, that you must have health insurance, that you must be able to take a nice vacation every year, that you must save for retirement. If taking one step back enabled you to identify your passions, imagine what taking a few steps back could do.

Step back by challenging your thinking. It may seem like everyone in the United States is chasing The American Dream but are they? Is there another way to live out our time on this earth? You may find the dream to be a myth.