A passage in the Old Testament reads, ‘Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither’.
You came into this world owning nothing of any substance or physical weight external to yourself. You will leave just as empty-handed.
Have you ever seen the t-shirt ‘He who dies with the most toys….dies.’ The two most significant moments in your life—birth and death—have no material objects to show for them!
So perhaps there is something within this ‘nothingness’—perhaps even something that matters most despite weighing the least.
When you take time alone away from the adrenaline-arousing mix of people, events and tasks that crowd your every waking moment, you stop running from this emptiness. Instead, you make peace with the vastness within so you can understand the feelings it contains.
The next time you pick up a magazine, or turn on the TV, or pick up the phone, ask yourself, ‘Am I committing this action in order to move toward something that’s important to me or to move away from myself?’
As The Eagles famously reminded us, ‘some dance to remember, some dance to forget.’ Do you make decisions each day about how to spend your time to enthusiastically create new memories or to desperately flee from old ones?
Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday every other week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).