We’re having fun kicking off our “It’s Never Too Late” class this week, getting to know each other. In the course of responding to a comment, I wrote something about putting one of the techniques we’re learning into my Life Tool Box. I didn’t realize I had a Life Tool Box until I typed those words, but my subconscious mind seems to have been collecting tools for quite a few years.
So now I’m challenging myself to think about what is in my tool box.
Books. Lots and lots of books.
“Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill was one of the first philosophies I learned to live by as an adult. I always have a copy of the original book in my book case.
Multiple copies of the Tao Te Ching, in many translations, including those by Ursula LeGuin and Stephen Mitchell.
Journalling, or doing Morning Pages if you’re familiar with Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way”. I journal every morning, and add more thoughts at the end of my day. Been doing it for many years now. I can always tell when there is something off in my world because I quit writing. It’s a big warning sign that I’m out of alignment.
My favorite pencils, Palomino Blackwing 602s. They are the best pencil in the world, and well worth the $2 each I pay for them. Boldly stamped in gold on the side of each pencil are the words “Half the pressure, Twice the speed”. They write smoothly, allowing you to ease off on your grip and write faster.
Absence of sad and depressing things. Cee and I don’t watch the news. We don’t watch TV shows that are downers, or deal with an apocalypse or nasty things like that. Comedy that thinks it’s funny by denigrating others or relying on swear words to make a point. We stay with uplifting ideas, heart-warming shows. Yes, we’re sappy. And proud of it. Pollyanna? Sure, why not? I’d rather envision a happy world than anything else. And for the most part, we live it. Almost every day’s journal ends with “It’s been a great day. Life is fun”
I live with so many powerful philosophical ideas that I’ve collected over the years. It would be hard to list all of them.
Techniques like Pivoting, Segment Intending, Baby Steps and others, that allow me to reframe my experience. One of the first things Cee ever taught me was how to turn the bad into good, followed closely by baby stepping, breaking things down into small parts instead of trying to be Practically Perfect in Every Way, which we know is reserved for Mary Poppins.
I’m going to keep thinking about what is in my Life Tool Box. It’s fun to appreciate all the wisdom I’ve collected over the years.
What’s in your Life Tool Box?