Determining value. Myriad components, ransacking ourselves – discovering meaning in our life, and life in our meaningfulness. Appreciating what we have trumps cherishing what we had, what we might one day have, or yearning for what we’ll likely never have.
On the surface: move somewhere for a new job, holiday somewhere new, change your hairstyle, buy a new house or renovate an old one. Interesting decisions, but choices about managing our time, cosmetic elements of life and marshalling resources.
Beneath the surface: move our mindset, send our kindness inward and outward, change lifestyle, and rebuild who we are. Those are deeper decisions – nothing to do with time, appearances, or money – but rather everything to do with who the person is we move around every day.
That also means we can change course, location, attitude or purpose, any time we wish. It’s just a decision. Sometimes we deliberate over and resist big decisions that have minimal consequences. Sometimes it’s the tiniest of choices that barely moves the needle, as soft as breath or as quick as an outstretched handshake … that changes history. OK, maybe not world history, but it changes ours.
Take an off-ramp, what life is like there, or over there, or somewhere else. Life is not a freeway where you keep going and you’ll never reach a destination. Vote with your feet; hang out with people who focus on lifting others, do business with people who give more than they get, love those who love freely, walk among those who have nobody walking among them.
It’s a complete quest, life-long journey, not done until we are done – then we are gone.