Aligned

Do you have that internal rudder to be consistent with your actions? Eating eggs in the morning. Reading that chapter. Walking in the afternoon. Practicing your craft.

It’s your values calling unto you.

There’s this sense of satisfaction when we meet our values—the things we say we are. When we align our self-declarations with our actions, we earn ourselves peace, contentment, and pride.

In small, experimental steps, we build towards “something.” We don’t know exactly what that action could bring us in the long term, but we agree that the small and consistent make us better people. It fills us.

Alignment is not always easy. It’s even harder to align things that aren’t prepared to be aligned: We might be oblivious that there’s something askew in our lives that needs fixing; or, if we’re aware but stuck, we choose to deny when we could have started.

To bring back alignment towards our values is to ask ourselves what we truly want to focus on. We only have one body and limited time. To know how we should best utilize our energy at a particular moment in our lives is critical. We don’t want to regret later the things we could not have done because “something” got in the way.

Sometimes the hurdle is wanting a lot of goals to materialize at once that we end up not fulfilling any. It’s okay to want a few, more than we realize, we’re primed to be good at a few if we’re intentional and persistent. But only if we choose one now because it’s going to be a long ride.

When choosing, we must first extricate ourselves from the grandiose planning. In reality, it takes persistently putting ourselves out there and making blunders to sift what’s really worth doing.

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