Last year I chose three words to try to live my life by – contentment, creativity and compassion. This year I have narrowed it down to just one – contentment. I think the other two fold into that.
What is very different this year is I haven’t set myself goals and targets and other measures of success. I am a highly driven person and I am actually trying to change that and be more relaxed in my life. Last year I had a complex series of goals and things to achieve.
I don’t need to set myself daily things to do because I have an incredibly strong morning routine which includes meditation, prayer, journaling and my creative writing. My music practice happens later in the day, normally after I have finished my work.
Contentment covers various areas that I want to focus on – music, writing, drawing, simplicity, relationships, connection with the divine and looking after my health. If I’m working towards all of these things I am content. And that could just be spending twenty minutes a day on each area.
I think I have got my life balanced now so that I know where I am with all of these things and what I need to do to move forward with them. Setting myself goals and targets gives me a rod to beat myself up with when I am not doing enough or missing targets. I also don’t need a daily calendar to tick off things I have done, that sends me a bit crazy.
This is a new and much softer way of working and I hope that it will allow me to relax a bit more. Stress causes fatigue and even pain for me, so I hope that working towards being more relaxed will help with my health.