The Most Important Thing
“The most imprtant thing is to find out what is the most important thing” Shunryu Suzuki
As it usually goes with Zen quotes, the one above is
deceptively simplistic! At the start of this year I found
myself thinking about how to ensure I don’t lose
focus on what I dream of achieving. As many of you
can probably relate to, so many of our plans get
derailed by distraction, unforeseen events, changes
in our motivation, inertia…. life itself! Of course, it’s
important to have goals, to write them down, to
keep our diaries up-to-date, to keep working at it …
These are all things we can do to not lose track.
However – and in the spirit of not adding yet another
item to our overwhelming ‘to-do’ lists – what interests
me is what we can be so that life takes care of itself.
I’m not advocating entering a state of extreme
letting go here! On the contrary, I propose adopting
an active attitude that digs deep: a way of being
that anchors us and enables us to live in a more
relaxed way, knowing that we are always connected
to what is truly important for us.
One thing I know is that the world needs the real
me, nothing less. And when life comes at me with
its unpredictability, its challenges, its surprises and
its pain, I know that what is expected of me is that
I understand myself better, that I shine ever more
light into who I am. Life can appear like an endless
obstacle course, or we can see it as an enormous
treasure trove – where the treasure we find is inside.
And I have concluded that the most important thing
is to know our values. We need to stop everything
and define them clearly, announce them to the
world, write them on our fridges and in our phones,
strive to adopt them and live them every day. Our
values are intimately related to our deep life needs:
they are what we believe is most important, and
more often than not, they are also what we long for
in our lives, as well as what we give to the world…
How many of us actually stop and do this exercise of
getting to know ourselves like this? We can distract
ourselves creating infinite lists of things we want to
achieve – yet we all know that what deeply satisfies
us is when our lives are an expression of our internal
coherence of mind and soul. And we can only walk
towards this unity if we are aware of what we are
about, if we know our core.
Our values can be our compass in everything we
do, capturing the essence of what we set out to
achieve. In the end, it’s all about our truth and staying
connected to it. In this way, we will be slowly and
deeply weaving the tapestry of our selves. Because,
whether we realize it or not, living is a process of
becoming who we are.
Macarena Vergara Coaching
Macarena is a professional life coach.
She supports you to achieve your
goals from a place of true connection
to your self.
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