Are You Doing What You Love?
by Pam Asberry
One of my writer friends gave me a copy of The Prosperous Heart (by Julia Cameron of The Artist’s Way fame) for Christmas. The book jacket states, “The Prosperous Heart presents a twelve-week program for using practical financial tools–in partnership with your creative heart and soul–to guide you to prosperity in all areas of your life. According to Cameron, true prosperity has very little to do with the amount of money we have in the bank. Rather, it is about possessing a prosperous heart and the ability that affords us to see clearly–and appreciate–the aspects of our lives that are truly valuable. With inspiring daily tools, exercises, and strategies, this book guides readers in developing a life that is full, satisfying, and secure–both fiscally and spiritually.”
I am two weeks into the program now, and I think it’s wonderful. I have renewed my commitment to writing morning pages, walking, and “time-outs” (five minutes of quiet morning and evening)–techniques I learned from The Artist’s Way–and added “counting” (keeping a simple ledger of money in and money out) and “abstinence” (refraining from debt). Yes, I know this is common sense stuff. But sometimes we all need to be reminded of even the simplest things.
One of this week’s exercises has proven especially beneficial.
In your journal, number from one all the way to twenty-five. List twenty-five things you absolutely love. When was the last time you were around each one of those items or did each one of those activities?
Here, in no particular order, is my list.
- Warm weather.
- The beach.
- Flip flops.
- Bright colors.
- Cruise vacations.
- Playing music with others.
- Tiny white lights.
- Trying new recipes.
- Feminine details.
- Making pretty things.
- Scented body lotion.
- Eggnog lattes.
- Road trips.
- Old quilts.
- Anything French.
- Doing anything with the people I love.
Three months after Julia Cameron made her own list, she moved across the country, all the way from New York City to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she found herself literally living her list of loves. Although I’m certain that I’m not in store for such a drastic change in my own life, it is clear that a subtle shift has taken place inside me as a result of this exercise. Maybe I cannot move to the beach–yet–but I can make choices every day that add up to a life lived true to the desires of my heart. And I’m here to encourage you to do the same.
Let’s not wait for someday to be happy. Because all we have for sure is this day, this hour, with moment. And we don’t want to look back on a single precious second with regret. No more wasted time. No more wasted money. “The prosperous heart spends time and money along the lines of its true values,” says Ms. Cameron. Here’s to building strong, prosperous hearts in 2013.
And in the spirit of prosperity, leave a comment with the top three items on your list for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card. I’m looking forward to them!