Not Too Seriously
Seth Godin and Mike Dooley are the only two authors I read in my in-box every day. (I get Abe quotes, too, but not daily.)
Mike’s Notes From the Universe remind us of our power, life’s magic and how much we are loved.
Seth’s emails consistently inspire me to think bigger, question the status quo, and get on track with making our best offering in the world.
Today’s note from Seth was a rant about how Americans watch too much tv and don’t read enough books; about how irresponsible we are for having more opportunities than ever to educate ourselves but are dismally unlikely to use them.
Which reminded me of my tendency to make good use of my time. To make the most of what’s available to me. To not miss a single opportunity to grow myself and evolve spiritually.
It’s why I diligently read Choice before I browse O magazine. It’s why I have the blogger’s guidebook on my nightstand (encouraging me to finish) instead of Kim Falconer’s Path of the Stray (tucked away as a special occasion treat). It’s why The Good Wife is a guilty pleasure while I regularly share things I learn on 60 Minutes.
Seth’s note today reminded me I’ve got some of this backwards.
While it wasn’t his intent, I realized it’s easy to take myself and life too seriously sometimes.
It doesn’t all have to be about learning and growing and improving.
Sometimes – in fact, I might argue most of the time – it’s more important to relax, goof off and enjoy.
For those of you who know me for practicing quite a bit of that, I’ll say that relaxing and enjoying are habits I have to continually consciously cultivate. (Whoa – say that three times fast!)
Because I do have it in me to work too hard; to want to get it right; to earn it before I enjoy it.
And that’s no way to live. (At least not what I choose.)
Which is why I’m pleased to bring you this video I found while goofing off on YouTube this afternoon:
There is no deep message; no spiritual insight; no lessons to be learned.
Just the chance of a laugh or a smile.
Because that’s how I roll. (hee hee)
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Which is why I’ll continue my commitment to facebook posts about rescuing grasshoppers from blind kitty Elvis and am setting an intention right now to sign up for a daily email laugh. (If you know a good resource, please share!)
This reminder from Abraham helps me stay loose and keep it fun too (“Step 3 is your work, which means CHILL OUT”):
So after reading Seth’s stern admonishment to read and learn more, I’m reminding myself I’m here for a good time; not a long time, not even an important time … just a good time.
And usually that means I have no idea what’s going on in the world news and love watching Survivor instead. 😉