Is your BS a life saver?

What’s your BS?

Old BS, or belief systems, and the demands of life often get in the way of us living the lives we desire.

It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut and spend our precious time going through the motions of life without following our passions and truly living.

Many resolutions made for the New Year are about self-discipline:

  • losing weight
  • exercising more,
  • eating better.

Resolutions are often made with a self-critical voice, whipping ourselves into shape.

But what if we resolved to do the things we’d love to do? What if our resolutions were things from our bucket list?

Recently, I’ve been inspired by two amazing people: Annie Zalezsak and Mike Shymkowich Kennedy.

Annie (Facebook.com/AnnieZalezsak) allowed her creative ability to take a back burner to the demands of the work-a-day world.

Annie is a gifted artist who, like many of us, noticed a tendency to let life’s demands upstage what she truly loves to do; create art. To remedy this, Annie made a commitment to herself to engage in her passion daily, even if it’s only a few brush strokes each day. She chose art as her word for 2019.

Annie’s challenging herself to paint, using new techniques, exploring and discovering along the way. She’s made a commitment to her passion and she’s stretching herself.

I find her journey inspiring.

Mike, at 90 years old, is completing his PhD in metaphysical sciences. He looks closer to 70 than 90, and has a zest for life that reminds me we are never too old, unless we accept the BS that we are.

I can’t help but wonder if Mike’s vibrant nature at 90 is because he continues to follow his passion, and knows he has contributions to make to this world.

Following our passions and staying engaged in life is what gives life meaning and keeps us young.

Life can slip by, one day to the next, often feeling like a hamster wheel of sameness. Our brains prefer habit and sameness because it takes less energy. We can go unconscious.

I vividly remember a time when I had no idea how I wanted to spend my time aside from working. I’d never considered what I loved to do, and what fed me. This caused me to quest for a passion, and I found several.

What do you love to do?

As I think of what I want my life to be about, I recognize I often spend much of my valuable time caught up in the small, unimportant bits of life.

When I die, are people really going to care about how clean my house was?

I want to spend my time on things that interest me and really matter to me. I choose to keep learning and growing, like Annie and Mike.

We often tell ourselves stories about being too busy, or too old/young, etc., to do what we really want. These stories are BS, old belief systems about what we’ve been told or have somehow come to believe.

But what if we made a decision to truly inhabit our days with at least some of the things we love or yearn to do?

As I engage in my passions and interests, I feel happier. Time melts away and I feel excitement and inspiration.

Feeling happier and inspired seems to result in a natural desire to take better care of myself; not out of self-criticism, but out of happiness.

For me, I’m making my passions a priority.

We can always change our BS.

As Mark Twain wrote, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got.”

Here’s to new possibilities!


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About the Author

Corinne is first a wife, mother, and grandmother, whose eclectic background has created a rich alchemy that serves to inform her perspectives on life.

Corinne, a registered nurse with a master’s degree in Health Science, is a staff minister with the Centre for Spiritual Living Kelowna, and a hospice volunteer. She is an adjunct professor with the school of nursing  at UBC Okanagan, and is currently teaching smartUBC, a unique Mindfulness program offered at UBC, to the public. She is an invited speaker and presenter.

From diverse experience and knowledge, personally and professionally, Corinne has developed an extraordinary passion for helping people to gain a new perspective, awaken, and to recognize that we do not have to be a slave to our thoughts or to life; we are always at a point of change.

Through this column, Corinne blends her insights and research to provide food for the mind and the heart, to encourage an awakening of the power and potential within everyone.

Corinne lives in Kelowna with her husband of 41 years, and can be reached at [email protected].

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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