More and more these days I’ve been personally focused and professionally speaking on the power and even necessity of setting priorities that align with ones core values, in all decisions. By choosing yourself – assessing options without succumbing to the mainstream society paradigm – you open your heart and your income producing ability as well!
My dear friends are in Nepal. They were one mile away from the Everest Base Camp when the devastating
earthquake triggered avalanche of ice came storming down into the camp. They experienced the earthquake tremors and then the huge powder cloud engulfed them as it filled the air in Gorak Shep. My friend is a medical wilderness guide for a highly regarded trekking company. He is leading a trekking group from Kathmandu to the EBC , as he does every spring. He is an exquisitely trained paramedic and emergency services professional. This year he was blessed to be able to bring his 17 year old daughter on the trip with him. Now they are slowly making their way back down the EBC trail with their group of 15 plus local sherpas. Yet they do not yet have a plan in place to leave the country. The trekking company is working on one. Airports in Lukla and Kathmandu are a disaster, as is the entire country. They are safe and healthy in the small remote mountain villages – places where people are used to being self-sufficient due to the harshness of the land and climate. Yet the unknown lingers for all. As the days progress things will get worse in this poor country. Saving lives. Food and Water. Medical Care. Injured Evacuation. These are the priorities and my friend’s group of Americans searching for a way to get home, are not.
And so we learn about priorities and perspective from yet another unfathomable disaster. As we sit in our homes and offices, deciding which task we should tackle or even procrastinating on the important ones, we can be transported to another reality just by turning on the TV. Priorities and perspective shift when the situation takes us away from our privileged western life and touches our hearts with how tenuous it all is. We are instantly stuck with all we have to be grateful for. A dead car battery. A broken computer. A frustrating few hours spent on hold with the telecom company. Aren’t we lucky to have these problems?
Every day we get to decide again how we will live our lives. Let me say that again. Every day we get to decide how we will live our lives. What will we stress out over? What work will do to earn a living and provide for our family? How will we align our day to day activities with those things that are most important to us? How will we expand our perspective to feel joy – even if just a tiny bit – every day? What will we choose to spend our time on, that will help another human being feel better – be better? Every day we get to decide.
Situations like the Nepal Earthquake remind us how very precious every moment is. We might have forever or we might have just one more minute. How do you want to live your life? You get to decide each and every day. That is why I practice my profession in the manner that I do. I am compelled to open up options for people and let them glimpse the world through a different lens. You are not required to live your life in a pre-prescribed manner. There is not only a few small options for earning a living. You get to decide every day how you will do it. Then you go and figure it out!
PS. June 24, 2015 Update. I recently began mentoring the CEO of a non-profit that supports a boarding school for abused children in Nepal. I just love their passion and their mission. Click here to learn more about the Life Vision Academy and how they have both impacted the lives of children in Nepal, and how the Nepal earthquake has impacted their work.