What do you get when you combine a powerful, personal story with Twitter collaborators from around the world? A life changing book.
Lori Deschene the founder of Tiny Buddha offered more in her book Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions than I expected. I knew she would offer priceless wisdom and thoughtful contributions, but I didn’t know that I would get to learn so much about her. Lori shares the heartache she experienced growing up and how she learned to love herself. Reading Tiny Buddha reminded me that all we really have is our story and that story needs to be shared.
When I read through the Table of Contents and saw that the chapters were named simply; Pain, Meaning, Change, Fate, Happiness … I knew this was a book written just for me.
“Can people change? Absolutely, It’s the only thing everyone and everything does. We just have to choose – in one moment, and then the next.” – these hopeful thoughts are a common thread throughout the book.
Lori asks tough questions like “Does everything happen for a reason?” and “What is the meaning of life?” but then instead of letting the reader fend for themselves, provides ideas and answers from Twitter responses. While there are no right or wrong answers, there are answers from real people experiencing real life.
Lori’s book is full of suggestions and challenges and one of them is a perfect mini-mission. Create meaning through joy. Grab a piece of paper and start to …
Create Meaning through Joy
If you’ve gotten a little too serious in your pursuit of purpose:
Make a list of three to seven things that you enjoy most in life. These don’t have to be huge things. They might be simple things, like walking on the beach, riding your motorcycle, or listening to the sound of your baby laughing. Think about the activities that often leave you thinking. This is what it means to really be alive.
Take a look at your current schedule. Do you regularly do those things? Are you making excuses about why you can’t? Maybe it’s your busy schedule, or your limited finances, or some other external restriction.
Find tiny holes in your upcoming week. Even if you’re busy, odds are you have an hour here, twenty minutes there, and maybe even a complete day or two sometimes. Identify potential gaps right now, acknowledging that they’re available to be filled.
Plan to do something that makes you feel exhilarated for at least a small chunk of time every day. If you love animals but don’t ever spend time with them, go to a local dog park during your lunch break. If you’re passionate about yoga but can’t afford a class, find a free one on YouTube. Plan for a little activity every day that makes you feel alive and connected to something larger than yourself, even if it’s just for fifteen minutes. Then do only those things, without carrying your worries or fears into the moment. When you make time to experience pure, engaged joy, you both create meaning and open to new possibilities that may create more.
If one thing you enjoy most is reading, you’ll love this. Lori is giving away 2 copies of her brand new book, Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions to Be More with Less readers. Simply leave a comment about this mini-mission and I’ll pick 2 winners on Friday, December 23.
Good luck and thanks so much to Lori for writing a beautiful book, giving us a very timely mini-mission and giving away 2 books!
For more experiments to simplify your life, read Mini-missions for Simplicity. It’s available on the Amazon Kindle store, but you don’t need a Kindle to read it. Kindle books can also be read using the Free Kindle Reader App for your Web Browser, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android.