Preparing For Your Life Journey

Topic Of The Week: Consolidation

So you’ve got your life map, decided on a path to start out on and chosen a vehicle – what now? What will you need on your journey, what have you got?

First of all, you’ve got yourself as you are right now. So: Who are you?

Allegorical portrait of Dante holding a copy of the Divine Comedy

"Here must all distrust be left behind; all cowardice must be ended." Dante Alighieri

Your luggage

The luggage you might take with you on your life journey consists of everything you are and have: Your body as it is, your desires, your hopes, your likes and dislikes, your beliefs and habits, your knowledge, skills and experiences, your possessions, your relationships with others – in short, whatever you have accumulated up to now.

But what do you actually need to go in your chosen direction? Can you prepare for all eventualities?

Let’s assume you had a precise and safe plan, taking into account whatever you might possibly meet on your journey. Let’s assume further you would know exactly what you needed in each instance, and you had the means to acquire it.

How long would it take you to prepare, to start out on your journey?

How are you going to carry all that with you? How can you be sure to have it ready the moment you need it, to find it in your luggage pile?

Travelling light

How do you feel about this alternative list of essentials?

  • Trust that your I-Self guides you – listen to it and act accordingly. That’s what courage is about.
  • Act as if you had already realised your dreams: What would be your luggage then? Of what you’ve got, pick only what comes closest to your dreams, and leave the rest to fade into your past.
  • Choose companions for your journey. Team up with whoever goes in your direction, even if it’s only for a short distance. Say “thank you” to those you leave behind.
  • Embrace change – without the desire to change, why would you travel?
  • Cut the word “problem” from your vocabulary. Replace it with “challenge”.

Challenge yourself

Write a letter to yourself from the future. Looking back at who you are and what you are doing now, what would you say to yourself? What would you have done differently?

If you want to go a step further, write your own eulogy. To get started, read  How will people remember me? on milkthepigeon.

Enjoy packing your bags 🙂

Maria

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4 responses to “Preparing For Your Life Journey

  1. When I took Tony Robbins Fire-Walking course years ago, he made us write ourselves a letter and leave it with him. It was mailed to us a year later and was quite enlightening…. Stephen Covey has a chapter in his famous book “The Seven Habits…” that has us consider our eulogy… both are fantastic tools to digging deep into our psyche for the answers and guidance we know are already there… love the post and picture. TY! 🙂

  2. “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” – so THAT’S why the eulogy idea seemed somehow familiar. I read it about twenty years ago, but also so many other books that I don’t remember details, or which is which.
    Thank you for reminding me 🙂
    Have a good week!
    PS: I never “met” anyone who has done a fire-walking course, but I find the idea behind it very interesting. Do you perhaps plan a post on the topic?

  3. Maria,
    Good post with good information. Many of us try to make our journey without thinking about what we need, or where for we are going. BTW, I found your blog through Elizabeth’s blog, “Mirth and Motivation”. Have a wonderful day.

    • Thank you, Wyletter!
      We can travel any way we like and will get somewhere (can be fun at times, too), but if we want to get to a certain destination, consciousness helps a lot 🙂

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