1/19/2106: Nature

After nearly three weeks of this daily art + writing process, one thing I’ve come to appreciate is that I’m more attuned than ever to my thoughts and whatever daily insights happen to pop up for me throughout the day. I think I’m primed now, like I always have this open net in my mind waiting to capture a thought that’s interesting or close to my heart.

What I didn’t expect, though, was how many of those thoughts would essentially contradict one another: Push yourself further / Give yourself a break ++ Get going! / Let yourself rest ++ Play more / Do the work ++ Take control / Let go.

Each of these lessons is useful and valuable at different moments and for different people. Some of us have a tendency to let ourselves get away with too much. Some of us are too hard on ourselves. Some of us need a fire lit beneath us to go after our dreams, and some of us have been working too hard for too long. It all depends on the person, doesn’t it? It all depends on where we are in our lives and in our work.

All the advice in the world, all the affirmations, all the inspirational posters and quotes, these daily posts(!)… they are all to be taken with a grain of salt because no one can tell you deep down what you need to hear but you. That, my friends, is precisely why I’ve decided it all boils down to this: KNOW YOUR NATURE.

What I mean by that is, you have to be willing to enter into an honest, intimate relationship with yourself. You have to ask those hard questions so you can reveal to yourself your true values, your shortcomings, your pitfalls, your strengths, your personality traits, and your habits so that you can listen to the advice that will lead you to the best version of yourself.

By far the most valuable pursuit I’ve ever embarked on is the daily journey to get to know myself better. Because when the right message at the right time heads my way, I have the awareness to use it.