I recently spent four days at the 2016 ‘Happiness and its Causes’ conference and associated workshops. What an amazing trip it was for me! Between attending the scheduled presentations, visiting ‘The Wellness Show’ expo, reconnecting with people I met at last year’s conference, and forging new friendships, I was left feeling exhausted and inspired at the same time.
I didn’t think anything would top last year’s conference (Hello! The Dalai Lama was there!). But I think this year was even better. A big part of that is probably due to the growth that I’ve experienced in the nine months since then. It provided me with a good base for this conference to build on.
I’ll write more about various parts of the conference over coming weeks. I couldn’t possibly sum up four days of amazingness in one blog post, but there are definitely many things that I want to share.
If you want to read some brief snippets, just visit my Twitter page (you don’t have to have a Twitter account to read my tweets). All my tweets from the conference are tagged with #happinessconf.
For me, the theme of last year’s conference was compassion, empathy and love. This year, the theme that resonated with me was life purpose, and knowing the ‘why’ behind the things you do. It gave me goosebumps to hear the presenters talk about this, as I now fully understand my own purpose. And this blog is part of it – sharing what I’ve learnt and experienced. And I’m finding that everything in my life has become aligned with this.
But it wasn’t always like this for me.
I remember a time when I thought that my opportunity to do something worthwhile had passed. I thought it was too late for me.
And I blamed this mostly on myself – on my life choices. There were times when I wished that I’d gone to university straight out of school, instead of choosing to study dance full time. Or that I had gotten a job straight away, and saved enough money so that I then had more security to step away and do something that really matters.
But then it dawned on me. It’s NEVER too late. There are ALWAYS opportunities. Yes, you might have to adjust the steps that you take to get there. But just start moving. Who cares if you have to move in teeny-tiny steps? A step is a step.
Our life and our happiness are within our own control. But we can’t move forward if we are holding onto negative things from the past, and that includes blaming yourself or holding onto regrets.
Personally, I try to do something every day that is linked to my purpose. I even have a checklist to mark this off so that I don’t let myself get off track (told you I’m incredibly left-brained!).
So my question to you is, what will YOU do today to help steer your life in the direction of your choosing?
‘Be an active co-creator of your life, not a victim. Let go of the blame and resentment.’ (Petrea King)
I’d love to hear your responses and thoughts on this! Feel free to comment below, or come and chat on Facebook!