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Life Is a Construction Project (and You're in Charge)

"You must build up your life action by action, and be content if each one achieves its goal as far as possible - and no one can keep you from this. But there will be some external obstacle! Perhaps, but no obstacle to acting with justice, self-control, and wisdom. But what if some other area of my action is thwarted? Well, gladly accept the obstacle for what it is and shift your attention to what is given, and another action will immediately take its place, one that better fits the life you are building." Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 8.32

 

Your life, your work, your year. When you look back at each of these, you can lose sight that they are built from months, days, hours, and minutes.

But it’s in each moment that you have an opportunity to start, or try, or test.

Each moment provides you an opportunity to face obstacles, misfortunes, and challenges with clarity and equanimity.

Each moment is a chance for you to succeed or fail, but always to learn, to grow, and to develop yourself.

And the next moment is your next opportunity to start again, or re-start, or quit, or pivot, or change course.

And that’show each task is built. How each project, or your life’s work, or your very life is constructed. Goal by goal. Action by action. Result by result.

Accepting what comes and then deciding what to do next.

Living and working moment to moment interrupts the voice of doubt, the self-critic, the over-planner, and the over-thinker living in our head. The voices that try to hijack your efforts to do work worth doing. Work that cultivates your craft and delivers on your promise through the pursuit of excellence.

You decide how to interpret your current situation or circumstance. You decide what to do next. You decide what to build, how to build it, when to build it, and with whom and for whom to build it.

So, lace up your workboots and grab your work gloves. It’s time to get to work. Start building right now.

Keep flying higher!

Scott

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