The Ideal Day is Limited
If you’ve been around the personal development field for any length of time, you’ve probably encountered the suggestion to picture, in detail, an ideal day. When do you get up, where are you, who are the people around you. It is a mainstay of these exercises… and I’m not going to ask you to do it.
It’s not that I don’t think it has value… it can be a good starting point to see how well your current life is aligned with where you prefer to place your energies. But it can also trigger fantasies, leading us to compare our messy current reality with an idealized world in which we are no longer responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of our lives.
It also can highlight a gap that is so huge as to be unbridgeable, and I have seen that freeze people rather than motivating them.
Do More of This and Less of That
So for now, what we shall do is this: think about what we want to do more of, and what we want to do less of. I offer you instead the possibility of developing a rhythmic approach to living, one that honours your energy levels and need to sleep… your variable interests, the climate you live in, and the long reality of your lifetime.
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Considering the "Ideal Day" writing prompt: how can we use it as a jumping off point to think about the rhythms of our lives?
Posted by The Art of Yearning – Seonaid Lee on Monday, March 5, 2018
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