Monday, November 26, 2018

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Live the Life You Have Imagined

To become the spectator of one’s own life …
is to escape the suffering of life. 
--- Oscar Wilde

Imagine a beautiful, crystalline alpine lake. When the water on the surface is agitated and rushing in different directions, you become like that water.

When you feel anxious, upset, depressed, or afraid, return to the bottom of the lake and let the water settle. Then you will see clearly again.

You will see others as they truly are—and yourself as you truly are. You will make decisions that emanate from your center.

You can think of your vision and higher self, which await you at the bottom of the lake, as the spectator. It observes the other part of you, the player, which coasts along the surface like a heron—acting and interacting its way through life.

You assume both roles simultaneously: you are both the player and the spectator watching yourself play. You are the actor on stage and the observer focused intently on the actor from the balcony.

When you take time out regularly to connect with your vision and deepest values, you strengthen the spectator. The player then learns to play smarter. He or she becomes more directed, consistent, and effective.

This week, take a single action to strengthen the spectator. Walk in nature. Meditate. Try yoga. Find a way to connect with your higher self, which sees beyond the here and now. Ask this deeper part of yourself how you should be living your life now. Then listen.

Anthony Silard is the president of The Center for Social Leadership, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC 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, enter your email here (1-step only). To support The Center for Social Leadership's Young Leaders Program for disadvantaged youth either directly or through purchases, click here.

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