When you read this, I will be in my cabin up in the hills of Quebec, deep in the fabled forest of your childhood imagination. I have a fire going, a coffee on the go and I’m most likely reading or writing. This is, after all, the time of year for such things.
The rising sun is lighting up the entire room; you’d swear that you had gold colored glasses on. There are no boats. No people. Just hummingbirds. My daughter Ella is still sleeping up in Dad’s bed. She came up to the lake early with me to steal away a couple of nights before the rest of the Tribe shows up. She will come down, sleepy-eyed and puffy-faced, in a couple of hours looking for pancakes. Once she tucks those away, she’ll come sit beside me and read. Quiet as a mouse.
I’m just sitting here in a place I love, doing what I love to do. The only sound I am making is keystrokes.
I’m working on some important thoughts this summer, and I’ve been looking forward to this time and opportunity to think a little deeper and get some serious shift going. I am by no means feeling stressed or worried. Far from it. My business is perfect. I just want to make it … more perfect.
So as I have been sharing in my recent blogs, I’m here to think long and slow. I’m here to figure out how I can matter more to you, be more generous with my work, more aware of my own thoughts and feelings, and more present and more human in each moment.
These are the questions I’m going to be working on.
- What do I need to change in order to be happier?
- What do I need to do for my physical health?
- What can I do to deepen my relationships with the people I love?
- What about my work is meaningful to my audience, and what more can I do for them?
- Am I spending my time on what I value most?
- What am I grateful for?
- How do I connect with my spiritual side?
- Am I happy with my career?
- Am I living the life I chose for myself, or is this someone else’s idea?
- Describe my inspiring vision of success. (Not a question but still something to ponder.)
That’s it. This is my summer thinking list. By the time I leave Pine Lodge to get back on the road in the fall, I want to be happier.
Drop me a line and let me know how your summer is going, and what you’re thinking about and reading. You can reach me here [email protected]