Is it possible to live life without being engaged in it? Yes and no. You have to be at least partially engaged or else you wouldn't be alive. But you can go through life engaged on such a low level that it appears you are sleepwalking, or even somewhat semi-comatose. I know because I have done it! I was a wife and mother and went to work five days a week. I talked to people and showed up at family holidays. I even smiled and laughed occasionally, but it was what I like to call & quote; "deadwood living". I was technically conscious, alive and breathing, my body was going through the motions on autopilot but there was no feeling or passion. My heart and soul, my emotional being was somewhere else. For me, I was so internally confused and unhappy because I believed I had settled for less in my life. I was not where I wanted to be or doing what I wanted to do, so I shut off the part of me that could feel.
But what does it truly mean to be fully engaged in your own life? What does it look like and feel like and how do I get it, you ask? Pay Attention! If you don't pay attention life will wash over you and you will begin to be deadwood. When you hear something listen to what is being said and don't just automatically agree or brush it off without thinking. Practice questioning it - challenge it. Push the envelope!
Don't just do because you have to - do because you want to. Flip the switch. Make a game of it. Be creative - we are creative beings.
You have to take the garbage out and you don't want to. Look inside that garbage bag and make up a story about it. Maybe there are remnants of your exciting trip to Italy. Make your story about the beautiful cities you visited and the people you met. And before you can go on another journey you must throw that garbage bag out and get a clean one to hold all the memories you will make. You have just turned taking out the garbage into an event to be embraced in your life! And as a side bar you may actually meet and talk to the person picking up your garbage and "thank them". What a revolutionary thought!
Ignite your passion!
Realize your life purpose.
Follow your dream...
Act as if it were impossible to fail!
Make a difference! Decorate someone's life today!
Encourage and be empowered!
Do you find yourself living on autopilot?
Are you ready to get out of your fog?
Twenty-Seven “E” Words That Will Change Your Life asks you to take an honest look at your life and your level of engagement, offering suggestions on how to live more honestly and fully aligned with your life purpose.
In a world filled with time-related pressure, long working hours, and disconnections, Twenty-Seven “E” Words offers a pathway of deep connection nestled within a lighthearted style that uses everyday language, pop culture references and true life stories. “E” words challenge you to recognize your limitless potential locked inside then asks you to fling open the door, follow your passion and become empowered!
Departing from the abbreviated life experiences conveyed through electronic means—tweets, texts, and social media posts—and the quick pace of life in a fast-food nation, Twenty-Seven “E” Words invites you to live life deliberately and welcome the opportunity for building an eight-course meal instead.
When you are asked what makes you feel totally alive, what will your answer be? What type of life will you choose to create as a result?
About the Author
Susan Chuey Williams Farah has more than twenty-five years of experience in health care, coaching, life management and mentoring fields.
Susan is the co-founder of Second Chances, a residential non-profit 501(c)3 for individuals with life-controlling problems.
Susan is dedicated to encouraging and empowering others to realize their life purpose and reach their full potential.
Susan resides in Blowing Rock, NC with her husband, Tom, and their energetic puppy, Tillie. Susan is available for motivational speaking engagements and book signings.