Are you living your life, or too busy trying to make life happen?

One absolute truth about life is the fact that everything in life is temporary.
Nothing lasts forever.
Be it people.
Or things.
Or experiences.

People come and go. Some stay longer than others. But no one will be there forever – be it because some people are just not meant to be there with you for the long haul, or because life sometimes gets in the way, or because death comes for all of us…

Things aren’t everlasting – they are not permanent. Some things perish, others lose utility, while some get lost somehow.

Experiences fade. With time some experiences disappear while others fade, and some just get replaced while others are blocked and forgotten.

The point is, nothing in life is forever.
So it’s important to make the most of what you have right now.

People – Live fully with the good people in your life. Fully enjoy the time you have with them because you never know how much time you have with them.
Things – Make the most of the things you have. Get the most out of them so that eventually when they aren’t there you won’t have any regrets (e.g. don’t just buy things if you aren’t going to use them or enjoy them).
Experiences – Embrace the experiences you have (and seek out). Fully enjoy the good ones, and learn from the not-so-good ones.

It can be challenging, to pay attention to things now because we get distracted, and life gets in the way. But that is what often leads to regrets.
It’s not hard though. Being present in the moment – being mindful – is a great place to start.

Live your life, rather than spending all your time and energy on trying to make life happen.
Nothing in life is permanent, so it is important to make the most of what you have while you can.

Are you mindful of the people, things, and experiences in your life?
Are you living your life, or too busy trying to make life happen?

Passive helping streams

Have you heard of passive income streams? The idea with them is that you create income streams that continue to generate income from work you do once.

It’s a great strategy, one that I applied to my passion for helping people.
I have a few passive streams for helping people.
They continue to help people from one-time work.
This includes my books, blogs and other writings, as well as people I’ve advised, coached and mentored.

I hit upon the idea years back, when I posted reviews based on places I’d travelled to on Tripadvisor.
The reviews I posted there continue to help people even to this day.

I knew about passive income streams, so I wanted to emulate that principle for helping others.
And that’s what my books do.
As well as my blog posts and other writings.

And I will continue to build similar passive helping streams so that people continue to benefit from my work long after I’m gone.
That will be one of my legacies.
One of the ways in which my work will continue to make the world a bit better every day.
One of the ways I want my life to mean something, and matter, and make a positive difference.

How about you – do you have any passive helping streams?

Choosing right over easy

Doing the right thing isn’t always easy.
But that makes it even more important to do them, because choosing easy over right leads you down a road you will regret.

Choosing right always trumps choosing easy, especially in the long term.
Right is what leads you to a better life.
Right is what leads you to live a life you will be proud of.
Right is what leads you to be a person you will be proud to be.

Choosing right over easy makes life better for not just you, but also of the people you care about.
And it improves the world.

Choosing easy might seem tempting right now, but choosing right is what will really matter and make a difference.
Avoid the long term pain – choose right over easy.

Embracing your inner artist, and what it means

Being an artist is not just about painting, or singing, or something similar.
Everyone can be an artist.

Being an artist is about understanding that art isn’t just about painting or music, but that anyone who embraces their truth and puts their work out there is an artist.

It’s about being true to yourself.
It’s about honesty and integrity.
It’s about standing up for what you believe in.

Being an artist is about putting what you believe in, and your truth, out there.
It’s about being open and vulnerable.
It’s about shedding your skins and masks.

Being an artist is about not being scared of critics and criticisms, including the unjustified and unqualified ones.
It’s about thinking aloud.
It’s about having a thick skin.

Being an artist is about realising that you are mortal.
It’s about grasping the reality that if you don’t share your truth today, you may never get the chance.
It’s about a burning desire to make the world a better place, sharing your work, paying it forward and helping others.

Being an artist is about being scared and doing it anyway.
It’s about embracing your fears.
And most importantly, it’s about realising that the work you put out there is bigger than you and can impact others in ways you have no capacity to really know or understand.

If you have something in you that you want to put out there, embrace your inner artist.
Embrace your fears.
Then do it.

Go be an artist.