Take It Seriously

Butterfly

I started off this year with big intentions and then let medical issues, the kids’ schedules, indecision about my goals, doubt about my intentions, and just about everything else hold me in a frozen state of existence.  In my mind I was squashing those doubts but in reality I’d quit moving forward.  Some kind of numbing, disengaging voodoo had washed over me.  Even now, it’s as if I’m detached and going through the motions. 

I attended a blogging conference a couple of weeks ago and had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with one of the organizers.  Throughout the entire event, as in our conversation, I felt as if she kept coming back to one simple point, take it seriously.  Whether it has to do with your blog, writing a book, being with your family, or just taking a kick-ass picture.  Take it seriously. 

I’ve been giving that idea more thought these past few days. 

The world is a competitive place.  Whether you’re aware of it or not you’re a part of the ‘keeping up’ game.  It gets to a point where opening up about lofty goals and far-off dreams leaves you feeling vulnerable.  Instead you brush it off.  Dismiss what really matters so you have no potential weaknesses.  No matter how important it is, you keep your poker face and pretend you don’t take it seriously.

The problem is, energy and time are rare commodities these days. If you’re working at something you’re not serious about, what are you doing?  Likewise, if you’re working at something that you don’t take seriously, what are you doing?

Life is short, every moment deserves to be taken seriously.  Whether it’s sitting in front of a computer, playing hide and seek in the dark, weeding the garden, or driving to work.  It’s a moment you might not have tomorrow.

Put yourself in the moment. 

Be vulnerable to the experience. 

Wear your passion on your sleeve with pride.

Take in everything and take it seriously.

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