By asking these questions, I'm pushed to put dreams and hopes into my daily routine, and I'm motivated to make sure that passivity is non-existent to anything I'm doing today. There are a few rules that I follow to ensure that this daily practice is executed as best as possible.
Sometimes it seems as if we humans are destroying ourselves as fast as we can, but mostly I'm amazed by how we've evolved from Neanderthalls to make room in our lives for more than mere animal survival. That we contemplate and pursue supercilious (yet vital) things such as beauty and grace.
I'm not saying forget about whatever it is that is bothering you. Those chapters in our lives shape us. What you can do though, is come at peace with these times. Accept them. Honor them. And move forward.
The secret to being effective, productive and happy is not to be extreme in focusing on only the small or the big issues; it's keeping both in perspective that helps a person reach his/her full potential while maintaining a happy state of mind.
Eventually, it all gets done, but it's that worrying of having pending issues to close out, which can sometimes lead to just not knowing how to get started. Therefore, let's shift our focus on what we can control.
In the same way that an airline attendant will tell passengers in pre-flight instructions to secure their own oxygen mask before assisting others, in life we need to learn how to feel compassion for ourselves first, before we can be happy or contribute to others' happiness.
Right there, I intimately felt the power of now. I'd read about it, heard about it, and had seen more than one book title containing those words, yet I'd never understood it until that unexpected and routine moment of time.
If you speak to any motivational speaker or self-help guru, they will tell you that self-worth -- knowing that you matter -- must come before you can truly care for anything else in life. Not surprisingly, this equally applies to the workplace.
Your calling is your true expression. It is what you were born with before you could speak and before conditioning by your parents and society. So wherever you find yourself within your relationships or career, become mindful of your true expression and watch your world shift.