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Our culture can be consumed with anxiety around missing out.  With this ever-present fear, it is amazing how much we do end up missing. I believe we miss the important things.  We miss the opportunity we had to get clear; that moment to feel the gut feeling that gave us the answer.

It takes a lot of concerted effort and energy to separate ourselves from day-to-day distractions, to drop in and just be – to really feel what we are feeling and connect to what’s going on for us. We think chasing and doing will help us stay ahead.  I have found the exact opposite to be true. Be still and know.

I had an epiphany one morning while driving.  A commercial came on the radio playing a clip of a song.  This was followed by a “listen for X to win X.”  I can’t recall the details, but I remember how frustrated I felt that something so unimportant was trying to manipulate what I was going to focus on later. It was attempting to put me in a state of hyper-alert to look out for something so I didn’t miss out on an alleged opportunity. This is our culture, and it requires a conscious commitment to maintain focus on what you want.

What are the things you don’t want to miss?  What’s most important to you?

What often gets your attention instead?

Are there things getting your attention that later leave you feeling disappointed or frustrated?  Dig into those, they have a lot to tell you.

How can you course correct so you stop missing what is important to you?

Setting and holding a clear intention for what you want can help make sure you don’t miss anything you aren’t consciously choosing to miss.  It’s empowering to have a clear vision for yourself that positions you to care less about what you are missing. When you reach this level, there is no such thing as ‘missing’ since it was never for you to begin with.  You have exactly what you need and want. That is the freedom of intentional living.

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