What would happen if I dissolved my time soakers? The things that keep me busy, but don’t fill me with a personal sense of purpose?
Perhaps it is time to find out.
As a work from home blogger, I am not in a position where I need to make inspiring speeches to employees or persuasive ones to board of directors. I needed help ironing out the awkwardness in my everyday encounters. I needed help with overcoming the overwhelming feeling one gets while engaging in small talk or meeting strangers. I needed Toastmasters for everyday life and it has since become something I use everyday.
“Potatoes, mayo, eggs, onion, vinegar, pimentos, relish, celery, salt, pepper and a dash of cayenne.” My mother rattled off the ingredient list for her mashed potato salad, a family favourite. “How much of each?” I was ready. Pen poised to scribble down the famous recipe. “Depends on you.” Wait. What? “Okay, so how do you …
There are times my inner elephant, a side of me that resists change even when it is in my best interests, needs a bit of a push in the right direction. Luckily, Chip & Dan Heath has written a map for people like me.
There are times in my life that I feel like fear has an iron-clad grip on my actions. Almost like the old Pac-Man arcade game where I spend a lot of the time munching on white pellets and avoiding the ghosts.
We’re spinning our wheels to keep up with The Jones’ (next door and in the next cubicle) only to learn that they are doing the same to keep up with us. In short, we are all trying to live up to a definition of success that none of us feels committed to, but continue to push ourselves because we believe that is the qualifier for happiness. For living the best life possible.
But what is that? Where does this path of success take us? Perhaps the better question that we should all ask ourselves is — do I want to go?