Is it possible to create more space by expanding how we think?
Earth is a spaceship. This means so many things. It means we have a finite space to live in. It means we are moving even when we are still because the earth is moving. We as humans are finite, the earth is finite, and life is finite. We are limited mostly by time, but also by our means, money, our priorities, choices we make, and the space we have.
How much space do you have? How big is your footprint; your space on the spaceship? Do you ever wish you had more space?
I work and play and live in just a very small part of it. I also travel far and often … one year I may go here, another I may go there, but mostly I live in a tiny little world.
What if you rarely travel? Isn’t it strange how tiny your piece of the spaceship is? No matter how connected we now can be, we still operate in such confined space for ourselves. The solution – expand your world – because, most of your world lives in your mind.
Thomas Edison said, “thoughts are things.” So if you are able to dwell on any of this, and come to a new thought, then we’ve created something new. I find it weird these thoughts actually exist as things, yet something like a sunset, does not. It’s merely an illusion as the Earth spins. So when you think something, it actually is a thing. It’s even a noun. You literally define your world by what you think. So as the famous saying goes, ‘if you want to change your world, then change your thinking.’
There are so many quotes out there about these very subjects. They all speak of these limitations around every corner. “Seize the Day” or “Live Life to the Fullest” and, “Every Man Dies, Not Every Man Really Lives.”
Do we actually implement this advice?
I think we often get caught up in the “feel good” moments of these sayings, not realizing they are actually things. They are rooted in EXPERIENCES far deeper, yet they are reduced to a simplistic form to create change within us. I challenge you to expand your thoughts so you can expand your space.
How do you make more space within your routine? Now there’s a question. Don’t we all struggle with being too busy to make space? For example, we know we should carve out just one hour, four days per week to exercise, but so few create the space to do this one simple thing. It only takes one more step to create more space for yourself.
Can you expand your space by one step today? How many can you expand it by tomorrow? What thought can you think that will expand your world? Remember, this movement, this growth – doesn’t only have to be physical. Like most things in life, this is simple but it’s not easy.
If you are anything like I am, you are seeking more meaning in life – and – to life. I think we all do, but many give up on that process. Do you realize what certain things actually mean versus habitually accepting them for what you see, for what you are told, or for what you believe them to be? We are often wrong. We often miss the point. We too, often go back to our routines. I invite you to dig deeper, look at yourself more deeply, and look at the world differently. It’s time to think.
There are three areas you can focus on that will help you with your space. Manage them well – it will help free your mind and you can focus on doing what you are “supposed” to be doing.
Family Should Always Be The Most Important Thing in Your Life.
Pay attention to, take care of, return to, and be mindful of your family. If you don’t have one, make one, or be the best party of one you can possibly be. Time spent with family creates growth. You chose them and they chose you. It takes work, but I have really tried to not to take my family time for granted. I make sure they know my time spent with them is valuable and the time they spend with me is appreciated.
Clean Up Your Environment.
Care for it, tend to it, treat it with absolute respect. It’s easy because you only live in a tiny part of it.
Consider this: It’s so easy for us to clean up the world if we all just clean up our own space. Start with your car. Then move on to your room, your closets, and your office. If you have a messy car, you have a messy mind. If you clean up your space, you free up space in your mind. Once I organized my car, my closets, my house and my office … my entire life became so much better. I can find anything I need and never worry about who might ride in my car. I most importantly don’t waste precious minutes dwelling on the thoughts about chores I need to do, because they are always done. Maintenance is so much easier than repairing. It saves so much time and so much space
Be Neighborly With Everyone, Because Everyone is Your Neighbor.
We all live on the same spaceship, and what you do in your little “cabin” directly or indirectly affects the others on the ship. Treat others the way they want to be treated, not just the way you want to be treated. Be mindful of others. Look them all in the eye, smile often, and be present.
When you think this way, your world expands. Not everyone has to be your friend, but respect for people, for things, for your environment, and for your thoughts – define your space. Understand we are all part of a system. We are part of a social system, a physical system, and a solar system. How we treat this planet and each other affects the entire system.
You have to start with thoughts such as. I want to expand my “cabin,” I want to think bigger, I want more money, I want to have kids and I want to maximize my time. I learned that I couldn’t do this until I first focused on these three areas. Get your cabin in order, so you can make room for more space.