Life is a Big Canvas: Use All the Colors You Can
If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I will tell you, I came to live out LOUD. ~Emile Zola
Life presents us with such a colorful tapestry of opportunities and experiences. Every day, we have the option to live with passion, to open ourselves to new possibilities, and reach for the stars. We have the freedom to boldly live, laugh, and love … to live a live filled with all the colors of the rainbow.
So why don’t we?
For the most part it’s simply the reality of responsibilities and commitments of day-to-day living, the bigger picture of life gets away from us and by the time we realize life has grown a little … well, bland, we’re not sure what to do about it. Eventually we convince ourselves how lucky we are to have what we have, because others have it so much tougher; and in the end we settle for a life that is simply good enough.
The problem is the years of our life have a way of passing ever faster, as the days and weeks blend into one task or distraction after another, until one day we look back and see little more than fleeting memories in shades of gray.
Grabbing more from life doesn’t require massive change – that thinking can quickly send you into overwhelm. Besides this isn’t an indictment of your current life, it’s about increasing joy and creating more memorable moments … one step at a time.
Living a color-filled life is unique to everyone. It’s not about external influences or possessions; it’s about attitude, passion and joy. Begin where you are. Use your talent, enthusiasm and drive to jazz up your life in small ways by shifting your perspective and shaking up your daily routines. Have fun! Add a little spontaneity! Create more memories! Every positive action you take matters. Every small move creates a ripple of color!
The truth is many people are content to simply let life carry them along, because it’s just too much work to take the controls. How about you? What one thing could you do today to add more color and passion to your life?
Here are a few suggestions to get started:
- Get a professional massage at a spa.
- Learn something new.
- Get a make-over.
- Set a stretch goal (that has nothing to do with a “should”) and really go for it.
- Read the Kama Sutra with your lover.
- Create a fake persona and play tourist-for-a-day.
- Test-drive your dream car.
- Go to a comedy club or mystery theater.
- Learn to cook an exotic foreign food.
- Take an art class.
- Walk barefoot on the beach.
- Learn to play an instrument.
- Get a room in a posh hotel for a night of romance with your sweetie.
- Go on a spur-of-the-moment road trip.
- Do something nice for someone anonymously.
- Take a dance class.
- Join Toastmasters.
- Write a book.
- Climb a mountain.
- Do that one BIG thing.
You don’t need to wait for permission. Begin today. Choose to be inspired and motivated enough, to live without limits. Get off the couch and do something! Let go, get gutsy, and get going!
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