In my world, it’s the little things that remind me that I am, in fact, living the dream. It is the movie marathons and late night Scrabble games with my wife, making vegan pesto with basil from our humble garden, and editing a few thousand images of my children’s soccer season.
Professionally, it is that divine moment when my heart is open and the actions I choose are aligned with my purpose and passions. That’s when my fears about not doing enough, or having enough — whatever the hell “enough” is — wash away. It leaves me hopeful, confident, and stunningly productive.
I only recently recognized how much time I spend cycling between two opposing states — in the flow and out of it. While both are very powerful, the latter is wildly unhelpful, except perhaps for learning what it feels like to be in or out of the flow… and I’ve spent more than enough time out of it. My need for recognition has been met.
Out of the flow — or out of alignment, as I usually say — feels like sickness, exhaustion, powerlessness, isolation, and poverty. Out leaves us creatively paralyzed, spiritually uncertain, and usually spiraling downward. Out feels like fear and it leaves us feeling stuck.