Living your dream

It’s really easy to get caught up living someone else’s dream. It makes sense to want what other people want. You see the visions that other people paint for you and say, “Yes, that looks pretty good.” Sometimes being influenced by other people can be very useful. We surprise ourselves by reaching goals that we didn’t even know that we could try. Other times, we drift away from what matters to us. This is why it’s important to check in with yourself once in a while to make sure that you’re still going towards your dream.

I’m a person of small and simple dreams. I want to have enough, to know that I have enough, and to know that whatever I have is always enough. Of these three things, I think the last is the most important. After all, people do well with more and with less, and people do badly with more with less. Reading all these books about stoicism reminded me that having enough is one power that we always have, no matter what our situation is.

2014-02-09 Living your dream

2014-02-09 Living your dream

I’ve been thinking a lot about the motivations and values that underlie my questions. Safety is surprisingly important to me. I plan for different scenarios, and I look at other people’s lives to get ideas for mine. I want to make good decisions: decisions that consider the true range of choices, take potential consequences into account, and leave me with enough space for both mistakes and opportunities. With the basics taken care of, I can focus on doing well. Knowing my tools helps me make the most of them. Learning from other people and sharing what I know helps me grow. I like taking advantage of low hanging fruit, the little things that I can do to move things forward.

2014-02-07 What are my motivations for questions

2014-02-07 What are my motivations for questions

Just as motivations are behind questions, values are behind motivations. What do I value? When does my life feel like it’s consistent with who I am, and when does it feel inconsistent? I really like exploring the things that make me curious, especially if they lead off the well-worn paths. I like helping people learn. I like building things: a good home life, tools, processes, knowledge.

2014-02-11 Reflecting on building a value-filled life

2014-02-11 Reflecting on building a value-filled life

What kinds of questions can you ask yourself to check if you’re following your dream, not some dream that other people have given you?

  • Vicki

    you are totally awesome. period.

    • elizabethsilberg

      This is great! Consider me a new fan. Thank you, Vicki, for posting so I could find this, too!

      • http://sachachua.com sachac

        Glad you like it. =) What’s your dream?

        • elizabethsilberg

          To help people, including me, to live life with intention and awareness, without regret. My work with Vicki and on my blog (elizabethsilberg.tumblr.com) are the first times I’m attempting it at scale (i.e., not 1×1).

          I’m inspired by your journey. Good luck!

          • http://sachachua.com sachac

            Yup, it’s totally like your dad’s sign: “Success is measured by your ability to accomplish YOUR goals.” =)

            A blog is an excellent way to scale. Whenever people ask you questions–or whenever you ask yourself a question!–there’s sure to be lots of other people who might benefit from the answers. If you blog it, they can find it (even if it’s years later). Good luck and have fun!

          • elizabethsilberg

            Yes! And now and then people make comments and I realize far more people have been reading my blog than I thought! Thanks for the encouragement.