December 1, 2016
I know I am not alone in pondering “mid-life” and/or changes to one’s career or life purpose. I am also quite sure that I am not alone in wondering how it would be best to make a difference given the current issues of today and recent political news and stories. I wonder how much this is also on the minds of younger people just starting their careers. I don’t usually read “life purpose” articles too much, but I recently found some good questions for reflection in this article: Does “Life Purpose” Really Equal Life Happiness? (shared by @ on Twitter). The author makes an interesting distinction between “life purpose” and living “on purpose”. Here are the questions that caught my interest:
- What do I feel I should have done by this time in my life? Can I create a similar impact with what I can do now or with the wisdom I have accumulated?
- What do I want to feel more often in my life? What gives me these feelings now?
- How can I ensure my commitment to living a life where I feel good about the impact I have on others every day?
Thought I would share, in case it helps anyone else — at any age. I am not sure I have all the answers yet for myself, but it has helped my thinking, planning and prioritizing.
February 4, 2016
This winter has definitely been kinder to many of us in Canada (so far). Even though the weather can be strange and the trends can be worrisome, I have been hearing the relief, if not giddiness, in conversations about this warmer winter! I have heard many say that January went by fast, so maybe January was less “blue”? I think it might be worth breaking out in song or dance about! Whatever the reason or excuse, it might be good for us to do! I recently read: Landmark study measures healthy dose of the arts. It lists many ways that one can engage with the arts including (and simply): “Maybe it’s listening to 20 minutes of your favourite music on the way to work or doing a colouring book in your lunch hour or if you have the money going to the theatre.” Good to know that it may not be as hard to include into a day as one might think!
For further inspiration, I searched for some of my favourite dancing and singing “break out” scenes from movies:
I haven’t seen the new Peanuts movie yet, but for a start:
How about a boogie from Billy Elliot?:
How about a flash mob (before we called them that?):
And who can’t at least smile at “Little Miss Sunshine’s” dance? Olive’s family’s reaction and support is one of my favourite scenes as well:
Breakfast Club style?
Breaking out in song might be more my style. (Check out the benefits of singing in a choir here.)
A few of my favourites:
It’s not perfect in the movies either, so as you wish.. 🙂
Feel free to share your favourite inspirational “break out” example too.