24. Is Your Life A Construction Site Or A Garden?

You are still with me, walking along this road of constant change. You are seeking the ideal you. “Is that it?”, you ask, “I keep walking?”. Well, yes… and no. Effort is needed, every day.

Making a shift is critical but that shift needs to become you, all the time. This needs attention, nurturing and it needs loving. The type of attention, though, is at the core of today’s challenge.

The effort can be physical, active and typically masculine in nature. Your life can become a construction site. The effort can be internal, reflective, nurturing and more feminine in nature. Your life can become a garden.

It really doesn’t matter which route you choose, just stick with it and let it work.

“Satisfaction does not come with achievement, but with effort. Full effort is full victory.”
(Mahatma Gandhi)

When I was younger my life resembled a construction site, but the main contractor was a demolition expert. I was constantly leaving things behind, moving on, trying something new. I still do that, but in a more purposeful way. I used to leave something just because I wanted excitement that was different.

I was keen on experimenting and shifting. I was restless and knew it. In recent years I began to nurture my life more, I began to plan and organise and see a way through all the fog and confusion.

I find that, in the end, my life is a synthesis of both methods. I need the construction site when I making major shifts, such as changing my career, and I need the garden when I planting ideas to grow and develop. I am careful, though, not to let the construction site take over and ruin the garden. The garden needs to be built on top to cover and reclaim the mess, to bed it in and ensure a future after the builders have gone.

  • What will change in your life mean for you moving forward? Will it make your life memorable or…?
  • How will you achieve satisfaction in your life? Do you feel a need to make your life worth while?
  • In accepting change as a necessity in your life, do you see your life as a construction site or a garden? How do you see yourself enjoying the process?
  • What has brought you this far in the challenge, what is it creating for you?

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