So today’s prompt comes from Jonathan Fields, award-winning author and entrepreneur, whose podcast, The Good Life Project, is one of my favorites. One morning, Jonathan offers, there’s a knock on my door and I’m informed that a long-lost uncle has just died, leaving me with a massive fortune – more than enough to live well for the rest of my life. The catch? In order to collect I need to spend all my working energy for one solid year on the pursuit of one question. Not a minute less or my cousin, Philly, gets the money instead. (I never liked that guy.)
What would my question be?
At first I dodged the prompt. I ran some errands, vacuumed, tossed in a load of laundry. There are so many major world problems. I should focus on something really meaningful, something big.
But I decided to go in a different direction.
The question I would focus on for an entire year would be…
What I’m already focusing on.
The question is: How do I live my best life? My most playful, passionate, loving, sensual, juicy life? How can I live a full-throttle, fully alive, living color, in-love-with-the-world life?
After living in this world for a few decades now, I’ve figured out some things. Like how photography – nothing fancy, just pics with my iPhone – makes me pause, lets me see beauty every day, the awe in the ordinary.
That stillness – whether it’s sitting meditation, breath work, quiet creative time or just a moment in my car before I head out into traffic – is a centering energy that fuels me through my day. It gets me through the tough times. It’s something I can count on. The familiar, cozy sense of just being.
That painting, spilling colors onto canvas or into a journal, helps me make a mark, begins a journey of self-exploration and play.
That music lifts me, shifts my energy, moves me from the mundane to the sacred. Every time. And movement, dance – helps me shake my soul, releases all kinds of crap in my mind and cells. “The issues are in your tissues” somatic movement therapists like to say. So I’ll do a little kitchen disco, boogie in my living room, or dance with a roomful of wild spirits at Kripalu.
So, dear Uncle, I’ll happily, single-mindedly pursue this question for the next year, and hopefully, for many more years after that.
And with or without your money?
I’ll find ways to share what I live and keep learning. (But I’ll take the money, thank you very much!)
I’m taking part in a month-long project from Jeffrey Davis called Quest 2016. He has gathered a whole bunch of visionaries to prompt us to dive into our deepest dreams for the upcoming year. Join us here.