Decide: #10 Decide to Explore

It’s easy to think, to plan, to contemplate and just…do nothing. Often there exists a gap between the thinking and planning, to the actual action of doing and creating. The gap is where we make choices, we decide. And often, we spend ages in that space just cruising along.

So, decide.

Decide: #10 Decide to Explore
Little kids explore things wholeheartedly, with their eyes, fingers, ears and sometimes mouth. They explore, not to collect more information and answers, but to stay in the space of questioning.
I like that definition of exploration. It allows for experience, wholeheartedness, the expansion of something new & opening of new doors.
Another way of saying, choose to stay in the awe of wonder.

This marks the end of the second series. For more of the series, please refer here.

Author’s note:
I’ve been exposed recently to some people with big dreams, the ability to stretch the mind, and the unmistakeable internal calling of wanting to develop this blog in a few directions. So I’ve taken down ideas of what I want to write, mull over it a little and will be starting on those next, instead of a 3rd series. And I can’t wait!

Decide: #9 Decide to Listen

It’s easy to think, to plan, to contemplate and just…do nothing. Often there exists a gap between the thinking and planning, to the actual action of doing and creating. The gap is where we make choices, we decide. And often, we spend ages in that space just cruising along.

So, decide.

Decide: #9 Decide to Listen
Interestingly, we often mix up the terms ‘listen’ & ‘hear’. Though the recognition of the experience between the two is quite distinct.
If only hearing happens, then there is confusion & uncertainty that results from no real understanding.
If listening actually happens, connection is present.
How do you know connection is present? If you listen, you will find out soon enough.

Decide: #8 Decide to Release

It’s easy to think, to plan, to contemplate and just…do nothing. Often there exists a gap between the thinking and planning, to the actual action of doing and creating. The gap is where we make choices, we decide. And often, we spend ages in that space just cruising along.

So, decide.

Decide: #8 Decide to Release
This is for all the dreams I let die without being noticed or expressed. The weight of carrying them is starting to drag me down, while the temptation to hold on now looks like obligation. It’s as if holding on meant giving them witness.
Today, I let those dreams I let die go peacefully. Fully release, fully forgive. So that when I choose to create new ones out of the ashes of old ones, they are done in the spirit of soaring, lighter from the weight released.

For more on series, refer here.

Decide: #7 Decide to Dance

*This post was a few days late since I just came back from a trip to Phuket, from an event called the Awesomeness Fest. More on that in my later posts. Recovering from such an empowering, mind-stretching event took a while. And here, the series continue.*

It’s easy to think, to plan, to contemplate and just…do nothing. Often there exists a gap between the thinking and planning, to the actual action of doing and creating. The gap is where we make choices, we decide. And often, we spend ages in that space just cruising along.

So, decide.

Decide: #7 Decide to Dance
It’s not the steps, which style or type of dance. It’s not the right type of music. It’s not how someone looks at you when you dance.
All this time, it’s about feeling the music and moving your body to how you feel with it. It is free, primal and joyful.
Dance, simply dance.

For the rest of the series, refer here.

Decide: #6 Decide to Leap

It’s easy to think, to plan, to contemplate and just…do nothing. Often there exists a gap between the thinking and planning, to the actual action of doing and creating. The gap is where we make choices, we decide. And often, we spend ages in that space just cruising along.

So, decide.

Decide: #6 Decide to Leap
If you find yourself peering over the edge, waiting for someone to decide if you should walk away or fly, my guess if you’ve been waiting for a long time.
The leap of faith is often taken in one single step, though it makes the difference between familiar ground and the boundless sky.
And if you are not finding yourself at the edge having to make the decision to leap, chances are you’ve been playing on safe ground, wondering where all the sky is.

For more of the series, refer here.

Decide: #5 Decide to Love

It’s easy to think, to plan, to contemplate and just…do nothing. Often there exists a gap between the thinking and planning, to the actual action of doing and creating. The gap is where we make choices, we decide. And often, we spend ages in that space just cruising along.

So, decide.

Decide: #5 Decide to Love
Probably the single most important decision in anybody’s life.
Probably the only thing that dissolves fear, anger & jealousy.
Life may not be always easy, but it is that simple.

Love always prevails.

Decide: #4 Decide to Live

It’s easy to think, to plan, to contemplate and just…do nothing. Often there exists a gap between the thinking and planning, to the actual action of doing and creating. The gap is where we make choices, we decide. And often, we spend ages in that space just cruising along.

So, decide.

Decide: #4 Decide to Live
This seemed like common sense, or is it?
I found it effective to make this intention every morning or at least check in to “how am I living today?”. It’s easy to forget to be present, be awake yet go through life through motion only. All it takes is a split second, to make the decision to live, really live. We can truly be present and experience life. The best part I love about it, is the tell-tale sign of the sparkle in the eye once we decide.

For more on other series, please refer here.

Decide: #3 Decide to Learn

It’s easy to think, to plan, to contemplate and just…do nothing. Often there exists a gap between the thinking and planning, to the actual action of doing and creating. The gap is where we make choices, we decide. And often, we spend ages in that space just cruising along.

So, decide.

This post came late, at a weekend that I was completely floored by a flu, cough, sinus headache and nausea. It’s interesting how a common cold can morph into something that brought me to a standstill. So I looked at what my body could possibly be telling me.

Decide: #3 Decide to Rest
Resting means giving myself time to evaluate or ‘switch off’, in this case. To stop constantly chewing on issues in my head. It required asking for support when I couldn’t do it all alone. More importantly, it required me to trust my own body to heal in its own time.
Being a go-getter doesn’t mean having to be on the go all the time. It means, also proactively, taking rest breaks to take stock of everything.
Whatever time you get to read this post, is likely an overdue reminder for you. It is no coincidence. So, decide.

Decide: #2 Decide to Choose

It’s easy to think, to plan, to contemplate and just…do nothing. Often there exists a gap between the thinking and planning, to the actual action of doing and creating. The gap is where we make choices, we decide. And often, we spend ages in that space just cruising along.

So, decide.

Decide: #2 Decide to Choose
The power of choice is what I like to think of as a small idea but a huge lever.
Its power lies in the inherent ability to shift the controls back to within, rather than being controlled by circumstances with-out. With the power of choice, I’m no longer forced to or obliged to. I hold the reins of what which direction I want to go, to change, to reverse or to forge.
With choice, there are possibilities.
With possibilities…. Well, you know that one.

New Series: Decide

I had a series called Making Mornings a while back, and was contemplating doing a second part. The purpose was to pull out short notes that can be replicated on a whiteboard, refrigerator door, desk, computer screen, iPad screen etc. Notes that can serve as daily reminders when the week gets needs a breather, needs a reboot or maybe just as a reminder once in a while.

Instead of doing a part two, I decided to continue to a separate series, aptly called Decide. It’s easy to think, to plan, to contemplate and just…do nothing. Often there exists a gap between the thinking and planning, to the Nike-esque slogan of “Just do it”. The gap is where we make choices, we decide. And often, we spend ages in that space just cruising along.

So, decide.

Decide #1: Decide to be real
We have images for every occasion, it’s easy to take them on and off if we have been practising our whole lives. The alternative is to be real, who we essentially are.
But what is that? Some of us don’t even know anymore.
Simply peel the layers. Take your time. Once you decide to be real, the unnecessary images will fall slowly away.