Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Reverb 10 Day Thirteen - Action

I'm participating in Reverb 10, a fantastic month-long initiative for reflection. Here I will be responding to one prompt every day.

December 13 – Action
When it comes to aspirations, it's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen. What's your next step?
I think this prompt was written just for me. I am the queen of aspirations and big ideas - and I am quick to jump from one to another. Rather than tame my ambitions, I try to define them, write them down and complete them. I write lists. More than the everyday to-do list (buy milk after work) and less than the all-important Bucket List (visit every continent), my inspiration lists fall on a weekly, monthly, or yearly time frame (send care packages to three people I love this month).

I find that these 'inspiration lists' propel me into action much more than my to-do lists and bucket lists do. That being said, I still find myself flying from one ambition to the next, oftentimes leaving the last project unfinished. The end of the year seems like the perfect time to evaluate what's working, what's not, and where to go next.

Tying up loose ends.

As easy as it is for me to write my ideas and inspirations and then cross them off when they are complete {oh I love lists!}, it is equally as difficult to remain grounded in a certain truth that ties my inspirations together and keeps me focused. What I am missing is a focal point - a point from which all other inspirations spring.

Currently, I have this:

What I am aiming for is this:

pottery barn

This may be a silly analogy, but I also think it is an accurate one. And I like that the second picture allows me to continue going off in a million directions all at once.

Acting on my ambitions is not a problem. Making sure that those ambitions are in line with my true self - and then following through on those ambitions - is more of a challenge day-to-day.


My action is to find that center point that keeps all of my wild ambitions and off-the-wall inspirations in check. I am happy to entertain even the oddest wish from the most far-reaching portion of my brain, so long as that wish springs from and relates to my focal point. Finding this center point (whether it be a word, an idea, or a feeling) will allow me to remain grounded {with feet in the air!} in this wild and precious life.

What is your next action?


  1. I think the analogy was far from silly--in fact, it was a great visual. Once you said that about going in so many different directions at once, I lit up inside. Good luck finding your center point!

  2. I also like the visual, and get your point completely. BUT ---- you are one of the most ambitious and accomplished people I know. It may seem like you're not completing things you start, but you should take a step back and be really proud of yourself. You're amazing!


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