What makes you itch? ~Alan Watts
I love that.
I hear that and so many ideas come to mind. Writing the great American Novel, Globe School, having a Bed and Breakfast, being a stay at home mom, or being a successful independent business woman. But what really makes me itch? More pointedly, as Alan asks at the end of the video
“What do I desire?”
All kinds of things.
Galveston, Sunny Beach, Sunset – September 29, 2013
I challenge you to ask yourself every morning while you are brushing your teeth,
“What do I desire today?”
Where will you be if you work to create the feelings inside of you that fulfill that desire?
Do you desire happiness? This is a choice made each day. Make it and own your happiness.
Do you desire freedom? We are not as free as we once were, but we are as free as we want to be to drive down the road with the top down, to run around the beach, to go out into the world and experience it. We are free to be ourselves. Claim your freedom.
Do you desire love? This is trickier, but I think you must love yourself broken and bruised before anyone else can love you. Until the day you meet someone who is the shining reflection of your inner light keep yourself a work in progress.
Don’t let yourself be defined by the people who may have broken you before.
You are worthy of love. Believe it.
But these aren’t really what this video is about. This video is about way more than that.
Alan Watts is speaking about the quality of your life.
“What would you do if money were no object?”
Imagine for a moment that you are the most wealthy woman (or man) to ever inherit money on the planet and never had to work another day in your life.
How would you fill the hours?
Would you paint?
Would you write?
Would you buy a farm and tend the land?
Would you fight for the causes that cause you the most heartache?
Would you simply live life and raise a family?
Would you spend your life in selfish pursuits? I’m not judging, it’s a valid choice.
Galveston Bay, Sometime in April, from the balcony of Noah’s Ark Cafe
I think I would not hesitate on globe school a moment longer. My sons and I would head out as soon as the money was in the bank! But even traveling and educating them would leave me with a hole, a void that would need to be filled.
I do not exist in a vacuum. I see through the façade too easily to be able to live so solitarily for too long.
After our journey I would buy a B&B somewhere and settle into writing books and cleaning toilets and making delicious gourmet treats. I would find a way to give back to the community.
But life isn’t this way. We have to work. We have to live. We have to make money for the things that pay for the fact that we live in the world we do.
On second thought and as Alan Watts states in the video,
“If money IS the only thing, then you will spend your entire life completely wasting your time.”
I have moments where I know I am completely wasting my time. I do too much that I have to do and not enough of what I want to do. I ignore the desires. I hide in my happiness because that is a choice I make each day, but it’s not always how I feel.
That’s not right!
We all enter the world with a purpose that is ours to discover and we are blessed with the abilities to do it, whatever “it” is.
Money is a means by which we have to live, but it should not define us.
What if we stopped focusing so much on monetary value and started to focus on our worth?
What if we focused on our passion?
What would you do?
Would you write? Would you paint? Would you have more children? Would you give of yourself to charity?
It is baffling, but there are actually people who love to sit at a desk all day maintaining ledgers and making the world run.
What if we each did what we were meant to do instead of what we have to do?
So much of our daily activity is soul crushing and menial.
That should tell you something.
We have problems because we were not made to have money as our only focus. We were not made to be slaves to a clock or to sit in cubes and offices all day doing nothing but mindless tasks.
We were made to create!
We were made to be free!
We were made to love and live on this miraculous planet.
So, what makes you itch?