In times of crisis we are often energized. Our skills are called upon and we respond to the clear and present danger. The need is certain and we are focused, connected, and engaged. Everyday life presents a different challenge. Life still has whatever meaning and purpose we have chosen to give it but it is often more subtle, possibly less invigorating, perhaps less clear. Important yes, but no longer important AND urgent.
Without the loud clarion call of crisis demanding a response (i.e. external motivation), it falls upon us to find the internal motivation that will keep us moving forward on a daily basis. The best motivation comes from within and while internal motivation flourishes best if nurtured and refreshed regularly, in the final analysis it must come from within. Others can provide the spark, the inspiration (literally “to put spirit in”) but YOU must tend the fire, feed the fire.
Life is an ongoing mix of the mundane and the sacred, the humdrum and the holy. As the Zen proverb goes “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” We are on stage 24/7, constantly broadcasting our true values. Our lives are our message to the world and we never know when we might touch a life or have an opportunity to help a fellow traveler along their way.
“What I need courage for is the ordinary, the daily every-dayness of life.” – Tish Harrison Warren
“Everyone wants a revolution. No one wants to do the dishes.” – New Monasticism Community saying (“And yet the dishes need to be done.” – NSC)
“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” – Andrew Carnegie, 1835-1919, Scottish-American industrialist who led expansion of American steel industry
As always, I share what I most want/need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier