Have you ever noticed that we rarely take an extended period of time to be still and reflect? You may be sitting there thinking “Not true!”, you’re the exception to the rule. But for everyone else, even when we intentionally try to sit still we often can’t do it. We’re the product of a fast-paced society. However, I love those moments that I do succeed in quieting my soul enough to enter a state of deep reflection. For me, I appreciate these moments because I’m often more conscious of my surroundings. I’m conscious of the beauty of life and all that I have to be grateful for. Without reflection, I think we often fail to fully appreciate life and everything in it.
Let that soak in. You may be skeptical but hear me out. Think about the time and place of history that we live. We live in the greatest country in the world that affords us many freedoms (as of now), we’re likely living in the top 1% of earners in the entire world, all while technology is increasing the quality of life each day. If you’re anything like me this alone is enough to be grateful for. I may not know you personally but I’m guessing you could compile a sizable list applicable to your own life. If you are sitting there still not convinced I challenge you to stretch your mind a little more in realizing all you have to be thankful.
I understand that some of you may not currently be in a thankful mood. You may be wading through the toughest times you’ve ever known. I empathize with you, I really do because I’ve been there. In reality, no one tells us how extremely hard life can and will be. We’re unprepared for the valleys of life and handling the despair that comes with them. Unexpected events occur that leave us feeling broken as if by the weight of the world. When the day is over, all in all life is still beautiful and we’re naive to believe otherwise.
I won’t disagree with you or discount the fact that life doesn’t seem very beautiful in those dark times. You’re right, it’s rather bleak and empty. There are so many variables that are honestly out of our control. But we naively expect to exercise our control over these factors hoping for desired outcomes. The truth is, the day will never come when we can fully dictate all of the events in our lives, and rightfully so. I know you know this, but often our actions and subconscious speak otherwise. But if we could dictate everything, life would be nothing more than one big manuscript that revealed every nuance in our lives. We have to accept that life will be filled with those uncertain moments that leave us utterly helpless as we stand off to the side observing what unfolds.
On the bright side, there are many decisions in life that we have complete control over. We determine what we eat, when we sleep, where we work, who our friends are, how we spend our income, how we spend our free time, and the list goes on. What we fail to realize, on a cognitive level, are how these aggregate decisions steer our lives. It’s difficult to realize this because the consequences of these decisions are typically out-of-sight. We often don’t stand face-to-face with them until later in life. As the famous phrase goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.” Most of us don’t know what decisions we should be making or that we should be making any decisions in the first place! We’ve all been there.
This is why I created Storyline Financial Planning, to help facilitate the best decision making possible so that lives can be lived as full as possible. So you don’t have to live in fear and doubt while wondering if things could’ve been different. My desire is to instill a sense of empowerment and confidence in you when it comes to making key financial and life decisions. We often allow lack of expertise and knowledge to deter us from taking action and thus becoming its subject. Anytime we allow the circumstances, that we have power over, to determine our way of living we soon become slaves to its will. This is where the despair soon creeps into our lives. This doesn’t have to be that status quo that we settle for! Instead, with every ounce of our being we should be empowered by striving for greatness.
If you haven’t noticed by now, I love great stories filled with bold characters, daunting conflict, immeasurable sacrifice, and redemptive resolution. I love them because they compel my own life. They remind me that there is more to live, more to do, and more to experience. They drive me to realize that settling shouldn’t and won’t be an option. I’ve never walked away from a great story without a resounding theme that required an enormous amount of reflection. We should be striving to pack our lives with these themes that are worthy of a great story. And not the themes that are temporary in nature but those that actually endure. That’s what makes an epic novel.
So here we are at the crossroads with some tough questions before us. Questions that require us to be vulnerable and honest. If your life were published into a book what kind of a read would it be? Would it leave the reader wishing there were more or compel their life for something greater? By definition, a storyline is the plot of events that compose a narrative or story. The encouraging part is that you have the pen to write whatever you want on the pages of your story. Whether you believe it or not, you possess what it takes to make your life an epic novel and Storyline Financial wants to be a part of it.