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Friday, June 8, 2012

Designing a Life

Imagine great artists such as Monet who have worked on enormous canvases, or others such as Diego de Rivera who have created murals that span entire walls of buildings, or others yet, such as Michelangelo, who painted the ceiling of a magnificent chapel. Then think of some of the world's great pieces of literature - one that springs instantly to mind is Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet (a languorous, lilting film was made of the first book Justine with a very young Anouk Aimée, Dirk Bogarde and Michael York): four long volumes that took its author many years to conceive and write. Or think of Proust's 7-volume In Search of Lost Time, Conrad, Simone de Beauvoir and Madariaga to name only a few.

Obviously these artists first had a glimmer of an idea and that idea was then somehow fleshed out, perhaps sketches were made, notes were taken in order to ultimately come up with the final opus. I simply can't imagine, and certainly don't believe, that their works were made up, higgledy-piggledy, on the spur of the moment, with each brush-stroke or written word simply arising from the ether with no planning and forethought.

And yet, this is how we often live our lives. Rather than designing and planning them, we may live them in hodge-podge fashion, allowing the events of the moment to determine what will occur next. You may object that much of life is unexpected, and I totally concur. Despite all our efforts at planning, many things do happen in life that throw us off course. But let's look at our artists again. Both painters and writers may find that a portion of the painting or book acquires a life of its own and it now leads the artist down a totally new and unexpected avenue ... as our lives do. So what does the artist do? He shows flexibility in considering whether the new path is worthwhile traversing and may go there. Or not. But he maintains his main objective in mind. He knows where he wants to go with his work - in large part because he has a plan. So despite the byways, red herrings, spilled paint, lost manuscripts and other assorted artistic anomalies, he perseveres and finds his way towards his goal.

Should we not take a lesson from that for our own lives? Do we not occasionally get thrown off course too easily? Designing and planning well - at whatever point in your life you determine to do this - means that while events (or lack of events) may threaten to undo you, you can still hold to that master plan and find your way back to the strong threads that tie it together.

Are you designing and planning well?

For more about bringing yourself into a place where you are able to design and plan your life, about becoming and remaining conscious and taking charge of your thoughts and emotions and about the self-transformational process - both in your outer life in the world, and in your inner life with your connection to your inner, divine self, have a look at my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self (paperback or e-book).

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