This weekend I went to a meditation where there was a talk on temperance. The main question that I drew from this talk was;
Where can I tighten the screws and where can I be more free in my life?
This got me thinking… There are so many screws that I try to focus on for self improvement. I think we all tend to look at what can we do more instead of less. This questions reminds us we should also practice getting rid of extras to give our lives room. So let’s think… What can we do less of?
I spoke yesterday on creating good habits to become the person you want to be. One characteristic I’d like to always embody is to be a people person. Someone who makes people happy and wants to help people.
The use of headphones came up during the talk on temperance. How many times have you immediately put in your headphones while leaving on the elevator from work? Or when you got on the subway? I know that is one habit I do have.
Think about how isolated from the world you are when you have your headphones on. How many people do you not notice?
This week I decided to loose the headphones. I’m going to see what my life is like when I free myself from the isolation. I’m going to start talking to people in the elevator. I’m going to acknowledge people who I sit next to on the subway. Heck, I might even smile and say hello to people on the streets!
They may seem like insignificant little gestures but that’s where you start; you start small. One day if I have to make a 30 second elevator pitch, I’ll be prepared to just start a conversation with a potential employer. Same thing for being on the subway or anywhere with anyone!
I free myself to being open to communications with others. Freeing myself to be open to the unexpected. The unthinkable may never happen if I stay in my little isolated headphones bubble, so I’m freeing myself to see what happens.
It’s only a week! Why not?