My goal this week is to make sure you are fully aware of the preciousness, fragility and temporariness of your life. Are you living like there is no tomorrow? Are you making the most of every opportunity that comes your way? Are you treating the important people in your life the way they would want to be treated? Are you acting every day on the things that make your heart sing? Are you able to lay your head on the pillow each night with no regret? If you answered no to any or all of these questions, please read this blog carefully, with an intent to take immediate action.
As an author, speaker, mentor, blogger, and podcaster I am always looking for content. You may have heard me mention before that I believe, there is nothing bad that happens, it’s just content! When you are open to it, content comes from the most unusual and seemingly meaningless places. As was the content for this blog. I was in the bathroom the other day, and about to brush my teeth. I got my brush, squeezed the toothpaste out of the tube and was placing it on my brush. Just as I was about to finish, I accidentally flicked the brush up and some toothpaste also flicked up and landed in my eye. I don’t know if you have every had toothpaste in your eye before, but if you have you will know, as I discovered, it’s not meant to be in your eye! Ouch! It stung! After rinsing it from my eye, I was left with a red and raw eyeball which was very aggravated for quite some time afterwards. It left me knowing something more assuredly than ever, and that is: toothpaste is definitely not eyepaste!
I hear you asking: what possible content could I get from that dumb little story? As I was in the shower, shortly after the toothpaste-in-the-eye trauma, I started thinking, and this blog is what resulted. Somethings are just not meant to be. Toothpaste is not meant to go in your eye. Soap is not meant to be eaten. Petrol is not to be drunk. I think we can all agree with these blindingly obvious statements. What may not be so obvious, and what may be significantly affecting you and your life, is what you are choosing to do, that may not be right for you. Let me ask you a question: when your alarm goes off in the morning, are you excited about a new day, or do you feel anxious, stressed and just want to stay in bed? If you answered the latter, do you know what that is? Toothpaste in your eye?
You wouldn’t force yourself to put up with toothpaste in your eye, so why force yourself to put up with a job, career or vocation that is not right for you? As simple as it is to rinse the toothpaste from your eye, it is as simple to decide to do something that fuels your passion and purpose. In the first sentence of the blog I declared I want to make sure you are fully aware of the preciousness, fragility and temporariness of your life. Life is short, so please, for your sake and the sake of the people you care about, chase your purpose and do what inspires you.
Where else in your life are you putting up with toothpaste in your eye? Are you putting up with lack of energy and justifying it? Are you suffering through financial scarcity and resigning yourself to it as your norm? Are you putting up with a strained relationship and taking no responsibility to act and make it better? Are you talking yourself out of the things you really want to do and the person you truly want to become, because you don’t feel worthy? All of these are akin to just putting up with toothpaste in your eye. You wouldn’t do that, so please stop putting up with things that are leading you down the path of regret and lack.
Toothpaste is absolutely not eyepaste, and you are not meant to live a life that you do not love. That is a fact. In my podcast this week with Meryem Arpaci, called Highest vision of you, we discuss how to live this passionate and purposeful life. From today on, I want you to imagine toothpaste in your eye every time you force yourself to put up with something that is not giving or leading you to joy, health and prosperity. Have the courage to make the changes you need to make to ensure your health, career, relationships, finances, and lifestyle are moving towards exactly what you want. Life is short my friend, and every day is a precious gift, to be maximised and enjoyed. Right now, as you finish reading this blog, rinse the toothpaste out of your eye, look clearly at the way you want to live, and get to work immediately. Just always remember: toothpaste is not eyepaste!