Day 287/366 days Towards Self-Mastery.
Here's a new insight that I hadn't thought of and I absolutely love it. To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.
To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition. Isn't that the truth?
Think about it. Almost everything we do is so that we can be happy, comfortable, cosy and well supported at home.
Yet we spend all our day somewhere else. Life has many paradoxes.
This simple yet profound insight, attribute to Samuel Johnson, is going to be posted on my wall to remind me to check in with it before making any commitments, or decisions and choices that take a slice of my home time.
I have generally become very protective of my home time, yet when I get excited about something it all too quickly entices me to trade out my home time. And I value every moment of my time at home, surrounded by the things I love and activities that bring me creative joy.
Next time you're invited to work over, start a late meeting, connect with a work colleague after hours, think about what you are trading, the balance between compromise now and hopefully then.... what? Sometime in the future you'll be happy at home?
Find the balance and bring some happiness into your home now, before you're too old or stressed or unwell to actually enjoy your much awaited home time.
366 days Towards Self-Mastery
When I considered my New Year's intentions for 2020 I had just one: To allow my heart to love what it loved...and let it lead me. (If not now, then when?)
I've spent months working on integrating my life. To live life more fully with my home life, my interests, my work, my responsibilities, all coming together, all connected. I want to give each the attention that they desire and need, and still have time and energy for the others. That means living and working from the heart.
As I was clearing out my bookshelf over the Christmas break I discovered Simple Abundance. I set it aside to explore it on New Year's Day as I lazed through another delicious day of nothingness. Sarah, the author, says this book is about living in grace. Living in grace I realised, is about Self-Mastery.
My thirst for understanding the human condition has driven me all my life, and hand-in-hand with self-mastery it has been a life-long goal. And seeing as I love to write, that living in grace is about self-mastery, and I love a bit of a challenge, then if I am truly going to let my heart lead, I really don't have any other choice. So scary as it feels, I'm starting out on a daily mission of leaning into the suggestions of this daybook and making a daily post to keep me accountable. If not now, then when?
I'm Josie. You can find out a little more about me here.
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy: by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
This book is written for the Australian and NZ market because it refers to seasonal changes. It's available on Amazon here if you'd like to follow along.