For many of us, two things are true simultaneously: something important changed with this election; and nothing in particular changed with this election. Both can be true. We got one election outcome versus a different election outcome. But we remain obliged to do today what we were obliged to do yesterday: identify what’s important to us and live according to what we identify.
If we are exhausted, reeling a bit, and caught in what remain difficult circumstances, it may prove very hard to return to intentional living, to kirist living, where we make a point of living our life purposes. But as difficult as that may be, here we are, obliged to live. So, get out your pad and pen, get comfy, and create your list of updated life purposes.
It may turn out that your list is exactly the same list as it was before the run-up to the election. Or some items on it may have shifted and changed and new items may have appeared. You can’t quite know what your updated list is going to look like until you sit down, think about it, and create it. This is work that we must do periodically, so as to stay caught up with our real intentions. Isn’t this exactly the right week to do some much-needed catching up?
Personally, I shall sit down today and create my updated list. The prospect makes me nervous, because I fear, as you may, that I won’t quite know what is most important and that I’ll get stuck in some place of inertia and uncertainty. Well, so be it. Endeavoring to figure out what is currently most important comes with no guarantee that we will actually figure that out. We may end up shaking our heads in confusion.
If that happens, our best bet is to return to our most recent list of life purposes and act as if that list still stands as our operating instructions. In the absence of knowing exactly what is most important today, go with what was most important yesterday. There’s a good chance that the former list is still serving you!
Of course, if your list is seriously out-of-date or if you’ve never sat down and really examined what’s important to you, you will have to start from scratch. How to do that is spelled out in two of my books, Life Purpose Boot Camp and Lighting the Way, in which kirism is introduced. We have no more important tasks than identifying our life purposes and then living them. This is a week to give that some thought!