Friday, June 7, 2013

Experimental Living

This should be interesting.

I've made some decisions about how I want to move forward in my life - how I want to live, how to not be tight and scared and battened down, but instead be open and joyful and daring.

To that end, I've set myself some hard dates for all these changes to be put in motion, about a month from now.

But then I got to thinking. I know what will make me happy. I know what fulfills me in life. I've made lists and a plan to get me there.

So why am I waiting?

Why shouldn't I start doing all those important things, those personal rituals, NOW, in the less-than-perfect conditions? Isn't waiting for the rest of the changes to take effect the same old dysfunctional "when the time is right and everything else is done and Mercury is out of retrograde" thinking that got me into this mess in the first damn place?

So I'm going to try a little experiment, and I'd love it if you guys would try it with me. Then we can all compare notes when it's done.

For the next four weeks, let's live the way we believe, in our heart of hearts, that we are meant to.

Here's what that looks like for me:

Look, Ma, I made a graphic!

So that's it. What's on your list? It may not be quite so structured, but I tend to agree with Twyla Tharp - framework and routine are the best friends creative practice can have.

So let's do this now, when conditions aren't perfect and the stars have yet to align. It's only four weeks. You can do anything for a month, right?


  1. Awesome! "Be happy" first on my list.

  2. This is precisely what I needed to read today: ". . . how to not be tight and scared and battened down, but instead be open and joyful and daring." I quit smoking 8 months ago, turned 40 in January, and gave away or threw away about one third of our possessions in February and March. Now it's time to begin to breathe freely, behave wisely, and live lightly for real. Anne Lamott is always going on about how we can start a new day at absolutely any hour of the day -- so I'm going to start meeting your challenge now; like really now. Thanks.