Returning To Desire

This month I’ve been writing about the Back to School freshness of September, how it feels like a new start, even though there’s still a more than a quarter of the year to go (although less than 100 days – can you believe it!). One of the things I found myself doing as a part of this clean slate is looking at how my days got “busy” and if not entirely away from the big goals I had set out for the year, certainly I’ve been forgetting to notice and include desire. I know it seems as though there is so much to do, so many parts to each of our goals, requirements not to mention all the things other people want us to do. It’s easy to forget about desire or put it on the back burner for later. But the truth is, it is desire that has created so very much of all we have and enjoy in this world. Someone’s burning desire lead to all the greatest discoveries and achievements. And yours can too. I’m saying your desire will be world changing – it doesn’t have to be. All it has to do is matter deeply to you. Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, said: Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything Not a hope. Not a wish. Those are the words usually used as synonyms to desire. I want you to consider his definition instead, something which transcends everything. Chances are there is something you’ve wanted, done, experienced or thought about that won’t leave you alone. For me, that was and is writing. I can remember wanting to be an author when I was in college, but practicality won out – or at least what I thought was practical – and I majored in Economics. I added Philosophy later and honestly, that’s been much more useful over time, but I never took a creative writing class even though that is something I always loved. Looking back, I think there was a place where having a desire, one that might not be considered popular or smart, scared me. It certainly didn’t motivate me at the time. It does now. Desire is what I look for as often as I can, and this fresh start is another time to remind myself that not only is it important – it makes my life work better. I keep my schedule along with yearly and monthly goals in a bullet journal (and if you’re curious about this process, start with the creator, Ryder Carroll’s website – before going anywhere near the rabbit hole of Pinterest and Instagram. You can also get a free download on his site) and that helps to keep me on track and taking steps forward. However, there are times when several weeks go by and I’m putting things on my calendar with no thought as to WHY they are on my calendar. That’s when I know I’ve strayed from feeling desire. Because with desire there is nothing that doesn’t matter, make a difference or involve some spark of joy. Trust me, if family is a priority than even the unending chores like laundry and dishes can include desire and joy. So now that you’ve cleaned your slate, started fresh and looked at what you want to have happen for the rest of the year, don’t forget to return to your desires. As remember what Dorothy says – if they aren’t there, you haven’t really lost them to begin with.

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