I am fortunate to live very close to the ocean and, as part of my daily self-care routine, I take long walks on the beach every morning. These walks have become my meditation practice. I like to pay attention to and appreciate simple things: birds having a tribe gathering, children playing in the sand, people jogging and walking, and seeing footprints get washed away by the rhythmic movements of the ocean waves.
During one of my walks, my mind zoomed in on the washed footprints on the sand, and I thought: That is a symbolic image of our lives. We, too, leave a footprint as a proof of our existence on the physical plane. Then one day our “footprint” will be erased in an instant and we’ll return back to our Divine Source.
Suddenly, the brevity of our existence struck my awareness. I realized that all the worries and struggles, fears and pains, physical possessions, and material achievements that we identify with are not our identity but simply passing experiences along our journey.
Then what remains? What is lasting?
Love, grace, kindness, and joyful memories you share with others are the legacy that you can leave behind one day.
If you are like me – ambitious and constantly driven by new and exciting ideas and projects – you are motivated by the desire to authentically serve others with your talents and skills. In my case, this passion and drive helped me achieve freedom and independence, and I am infinitely grateful for my life.
Yet I often push myself and multitask to the point of exhaustion. I get caught up in busyness, which is a self-created illusion, and overlook the real priorities. In the instant that I was watching the footprints get washed away, however, I felt that I truly want to refocus on what really matters in life, especially in the midst of busyness. I want to focus on what makes me feel good: love, joy, grace, deep connections, and inner peace.
Today I want to share with you a fun exercise I like to do at the end of the year and invite you to try it too.
Create a list of
Take some time for yourself and write your dreams into existence!
Until then, Think and Live Wealthy!
*Portion of this article was published in the “365 Moments of Grace” book, where I was one of collaborative authors
Millen is a Wealth architect and Financial Independence Coach, entrepreneur, and a bestselling author. Being a Possibilities’ Catalyst, she uses her intuition, business, and investment expertise to support entrepreneurial women (like you) who want to master their money, live their purpose achieve financial prosperity and freedom. With her physics and business education, corporate and entrepreneurial experience, money management know-how, mindfulness practices and transformational coaching skills, Millen has a unique ability to guide and support clients in achieving extraordinary success in their lives.