If I put 2010 and 2011 on a scale, they would balance out almost perfectly. In the last two years, I have lived a life-time of experiences and emotions and successes and failures. Maybe there are people blessed and lucky enough to have it all, AND at the same time— I have yet to meet any of them. For the rest of us though, everything is possible, just not at the same time.
If I have learned anything is that life is a sort of puzzle, where there are always a few extra pieces that just can’t fit into the picture at the same time. There are several key pieces a lot of us desire in life- love, peace, freedom, time (to spend with family, to travel, to rest, etc), health, and while less people admit it- money too. A combination of these pieces equates to happiness. Of course, money alone will not get you anywhere close to bliss.
In the last two years, there has been a significant shift in the pieces that are in existence in my own life. Love, time, health, are in full effect, freedom and peace are in the works, but money is not in the picture. This, however, is a much better puzzle than the one I had in 2010 or previous years for that matter.
In 2011, I traveled all over the world, I spent weeks with my family, I focused on my own thoughts and was free to to experience. I feel much healthier than I have felt in years. I am close to having it all, but not quite everything. Why? Because time is limited. And we have to chose what things we focus our energy on. We cannot be 100% focused on making dough and 100% focused on building our relationships, there is just not that much time in the day. But it’s ALL consequential. Everything we do is about trade-offs, and the choices we make today, will affect our puzzle tomorrow. I am happy, so incredibly happy with the puzzle I have today. I have it as a result of the choices I made the last six years. Maybe I didn’t have to wait that long, maybe I could have traded in some peaces earlier. But I didn’t, and that’s ok.
I know I will have to trade some pieces in the future, at some point I will have to start re-fueling the piggy bank. In a few short days, I will have to trade time with family and loved ones for time on building an amazing business. I might have to trade total freedom, for a little more structure. I might have to trade peace for a little stress. But as long as the puzzle continues to evolve and be on the right side of the scale, it will all be ok. As long as the journey is more than about seeking my own happiness, my own happiness will eventually follow.
Here it is to a 2012 where your puzzle looks closer and closer to your bliss!
With much love, and good thoughts,