The truth of the matter is that my family went through some pretty awful “family stuff” since the beginning of summer. Even though we’re still trying to get our bearings and “things” aren’t over just yet and our lives changed forever, life must go on.
One of my last posts was about writing a manifesto. I made a few attempts at writing my manifesto but each one was ultimately forgotten about because once I wrote it I never looked at it again. I didn’t commit.
What is a Manifesto?
A manifesto is a list of what is the most important in your life right now, at this moment, and it is a list of everything you think you want in your future. It is a list of absolutely everything you’d like to do, like to have, like to be in your life. There aren’t any wrongs. That’s one of the things so great about it. Your manifesto should be fun to write. It’s a little like a bucket list but is more than that. It shouldn’t just be crazy sort of ideas because so many of them will realistically be unattainable or you’ll simply not want to do them any more. The fantastical ideas add the fun but the list also has to have meaningful wants and desires.
Sounds easy enough right? Not really. Not if you’ve been accustomed to always finding a reason for putting yourself on the back burner or snuffing out your own candle before a strong breeze comes along to blow it out. It’s simple in theory but not so simple to live out.
Why should you have a Manifesto?
Your manifesto will give you clear goals for all areas of your life: work, family, fun, spiritual, whatever your goals may be.
How do you write your manifesto?
You don’t have to get metaphysical or spiritual to write your list but of course you can if you want to. A manifesto is a basic list, starting with one and ending with whatever. It can be as short and to the point as you want but a longer more detailed list is a lot more fun.
What’s the catch?
The catch is you have to live your manifesto. You have to look at it everyday while trying to bring your list alive with your actions. You can’t just sit back and stare at it. you must work for it. Nothing comes to those who wait. Cliche but true.
Words in action = kinetic energy = making your dreams come true= maybe being a happier more productive person.
Look, this isn’t fantasy land. Just because you write a manifesto doesn’t mean that miraculously your entire reason for being is going to make sense or you’re going to beam rays of sunshine. Not happening. But what will happen is that as you look at your list each day and see it in action you might get more focused and more determined.
If along the way something on your list doesn’t fit, cross it off. So what? The manifesto a living breathing thing. It can change as we change. Let it go if it no longer fits with where you’re going. We all take steps in some direction every moment of our lives like an army of ants just following each other along. So why not take those steps on your own terms?
I finally have my manifesto. Why don’t you go write your own and see what happens?
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