“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” Henry David Thoreau
This begins a series of short posts on creating and living a better life though discovery, dreams, design and destiny. The four components are part of a larger body of knowledge known as Appreciative Inquiry. Using the AI techniques one can create a plan that will move along a path of life that is rewarding and satisfying. Many people are living life without enjoying the life they are living, they are suffering from financial woes, a dissatisfying career, living in unsupportive relationships and feeling alone in a turbulent world.
What kind of life do you really want to have? What would make each day worth getting out of bed for? What would need to change to have a life that would engage your sense of being?
For many people discovering what they really want out of life would be enough to raise their daily energy. Darren Hardy wrote, “The great tragedy of life is not poverty or hunger or even death. The great tragedy is that we could, but we don’t, we should, but we won’t.” We have something deep within, something that could come alive and provide a sense of purpose that keep us moving in a direction that supports who we are. Over the years life may have coated your spirit with an opaque layer of doubt, fear, worry and a belief that nothing can be done and that a happier life is only a myth. Let’s break the myth … let us find a path that does lead to greater happiness.
“Dream your dreams with open eyes and make them come true.” T. E. Lawrence
A dream is the unrealized intention that is capable of transforming your current situation or position in life. A dream is a motivational force that when acted upon will produce the results you desire. A dream is a story without restrictions or boundaries that if achieved would produce the feelings, a smile from the depths of the soul, that would carry one through the momentary troubles of life.
What dreams do you have that are not blossoming? What would you like to do differently that would allow you to start living out your dreams?
“Design acknowledges change. Its meaning encompasses change in our times. To design is to ‘create order and to function according to a plan.’ The notion of change and design move along the same path.” Sara Little Turnbull
A dream without a plan is just a dream. Design a plan that allows you to realize your dream. Allow yourself to be the creator of your world. Create a plan for your life that allows you to live and breathe the life you want to live.
“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice.” William Jennings Bryan
Destination is the place to arrive at and along the pathway is the work that will need to be done to find yourself at the place you have dreamt about and thought about and planned for, it is your destiny. Your destiny is a life by design rather than a life by chance. The destination is the manifestation of your strengths, desires, and passions. It is the place that you can arrive at and truly feel satisfied. It is more than just a journey, it is about the meaning that entered your life along the way.
Using the words of Emily Dickinson, “I live in possibility” is a rendition of what could be, it is what many seek and desire, the ability to change the world through confidence in self.
What do you want your destiny to be?