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Monday Moment: Life meets us where we honour ourselves

Emma Grey

I spent all of Saturday doing a beginner’s photography course with two friends.

It was fun and educational and, after years of pointing and clicking on ‘auto’, we learned how to use the functions of our cameras properly. In one day, we improved out of sight.

When we came home, I saw a quote from Danielle LaPorte; “Life meets you where you honour yourself.” On Saturday, life had met me smack in the photography skills and there was an immediate improvement.

Other times, life meets us in our relationships if we honour those, or in our health, our work and study, homemaking, our parenting or in any other aspect of our lives where we consciously choose to shine the light.

Sometimes we get stuck in ruts where our focus is on things that don’t really serve us. Unhealthy habits. Staring at our phones until they depress us. Numbing ourselves against problems we’re avoiding. Life meets us there, too, but not any kind of life that we crave.

Everything feels out of kilter when we ‘honour’ the wrong things.

When we take charge as the directors of our lives, we’re able to make choices about what goes where. We can move elements of our lives to centre stage and push others to the back, or even off stage altogether.

Whatever we move to the front and into the spotlight will grow. The things we honour will flourish—whether they’re healthy for us or not.

It’s why it’s worth standing back and seeing where all the attention has been lately. If you’d rather things felt different, or if you’re not making progress where you’d like, perhaps it’s time to shuffle things around.

I realised that if I can make as much progress with my photography as I did in seven hours, then seven hours spent on anything else would also mean big improvements.

Seven hours exercising in the week, seven hours de-cluttering, seven hours writing the upcoming My 15 Minutes book. Seven hours of conversations with people who matter. Seven hours of relaxation… It’s how we shape our lives certain ways. Just through our focus.

So what’s your focus this week?

Image of ‘girl holding retro…‘ via Shutterstock

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Emma Grey

Emma Grey is the Canberra-based author of ‘Wits’ End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum’ and ‘Unrequited: Girl Meets Boy Band’. She’s director of the life-balance consultancy, WorkLifeBliss and co-founder of a fresh approach to time-management, My 15 Minutes. She lives just over the ACT border with her two teen daughters and young son. More about the Author

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