Getting Back on Track

This past week, I was reminded that my life should be lived like a good story. It’s not that I forgot my concern for intentional story, but merely set it aside and allowed it to be piled under a few things, like a messy desk with the checkbook left under a couple layers of receipts, magazines, and junk mail.

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Emotions are dangerous to trust, but I often feel that I’m losing the battle to live a better story with my life. Intentional living is very important to me; I want to fully live in every part of my life, not wasting any efforts or time or resources or relationships. Yet, I get drawn away from what I sense to be my unlived life, by simple things like routine, busywork, transitions, or laziness. I think I’ve been touched by each of those this past week.

These things often numbs us to our awareness of things. If we’re not careful, we fall off diets or ease away from the goals we’ve set for the week, simply because it’s not in the forefront of our minds.

I’m curious to know:

What reminds you of what’s really important to you?

What brings you back to focus and clarity?

What do you do to get inspired to live out the moments of your life that are yet unlived?

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Leave a comment below. I’d love to know what you have to say about these.

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6 responses to “Getting Back on Track

  1. I can soooooo relate to this. There are very few things that are as important to me as intentional living. Interestingly, I write on the same topic. That’s how come I came across your blog.
    Like you, I find I am faced with the same struggles daily. Unwittingly, (intentional use of the word… 🙂 ) I am also dogged by the need for perfection. So then if I don’t think I am getting it right, I am unwilling to engage and it just prevents anything from happening and throws me into a tailspin of inactivity and despair….
    Importantly, though, what keeps me going is the desire to always be involved in meaningful activity, the desire for significance and achievement. My personal mantra is “I owe it to myself to see what is possible.” So that curiosity keeps me living life #bydeliberatedesign.

  2. The first day of a recent three-day weekend was spent entirely in the company or service of others. And while it was rewarding to share and commiserate and in one case, help a young man get his story out, I got home at around 1 in the morning, spent. So much so, that I elected to stay home from church the next day. Later in the afternoon, I went out to have coffee and sit and write–alone. I needed that. That’s #1 for me. Solitude. A second thing I realized while writing is that the music of Radiohead helps clear my head. And I don’t think it’s as simple as ‘two parts solitude and coffee, one part Radiohead equals ‘back-on-track”, but that time, it worked. I’ll probably try it next time.

  3. For me working with the elderly has been both a challenge and an amazing gift. I have learned so much from the people who have lived before me and the regrets and victories they choose to share about their life. That is how I remind myself what is truly important. When I have a resident that is going through the end of life it really clarifies those important moments and brings focus back to the things I cherish in life like friends and family. For me working in health care and working with kids are my inspiration. Meeting those rare spirits that survive insurmountable odds with a positive outlook inspire me to define the limits of possible in my own life. Kids remind me what it feels like to dream without limits, and what it feels like to dream at all. They are just awesome.

    I so identify with how easy it is to get off track and bogged down by the trivial tasks in life. Thanks for posting this!

    • Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth. I’ve thought about learning from the elderly and their life experiences recently. I’m grateful for the legacy they’ve left for us: potential.

  4. Amen! I find the helpful reminder to be that our meaningful story will not climax till we are face to face with our Savior.

  5. I have found it so helpful to make friends with similiar goals in life. In the last few months, I have made two friends who have a desire to see a bunch of churches planted in Minneapolis. The excitement in their voices gets me excited, it’s like their passions renew mine.

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