Posted by michael stanwyck : Thursday, Jun 21, 2012
I ran into a friend of mine not too long ago, after having not seen her in a while, and we decided that it was time to get together, have coffee and catch up. She was right in the middle of something and asked me if I would grab her phone and put our "appointment" in her calendar. She said "put it in the 'legacy' calendar." I had no idea what she was talking about. I have calendars like "work," "personal," "teaching," and "meetings." I asked her what "legacy" meant and she told me that she categorized things that she did into something she called "domains."
What does that mean? Everything that she does is important with respect to something that she has declared her life is about, and each of those somethings is a domain. "Legacy" is the things that she does that will have an impact in the world after she is gone. "What if you just have an appointment?" I asked. "I don't just have appointments," she told me. "Why would I JUST have an appointment?"
And it occurred to me, why would I do that? Why would I spend my time JUST doing something, not declaring what it means or creates in my life. It's not like I'm not going to do things that would seem to others like "just a appointment," but it is really up to me to declare just how that "appointment" is going to shape the world I am intent on creating. Recently I have been sorting out my own domains. What do I say my life about? What am I up to? What's important to me? What do I want to leave behind?
I've created a few domains for myself that I am playing with -- community, contribution, creation, completion, and health & well being, creating everything that I do as existing in one of those domains. What it does for me is create an empowering context inside of which to take actions. If every action I take is building something -- community, something for others, something that wasn't there before, or something for my physical and mental health -- my context shifts. I'm not just planning a party, I'm strengthening my community. I'm never just meeting a client, I'm seeing what's needed and hopefully putting something in that makes a difference. I'm not simply working on a project, I'm adding something to the world that wasn't there before. I'm not just working out or going to the doctor, I'm ensuring that I'm here as long as possible for the people that matter to me. Everything is inside of a commitment
Is it really worth just doing something? What if your whole life was full of actions that created the world exactly the way you wanted it to be rather than "dealing" with the world the way that it was?
Today's Workout (No CAP)
10 Box Jumps (24/20)
...and coming Friday (CAP)
As Many Reps As Possible in 4 minutes at each station
30 seconds to rotate between stations
10 Wall Ball (20/14)
10 Sit ups
10 Push ups
10 Arch rocks
5 Pull ups
10 Lateral box jumps (20”)
10 Mountain climbers (2 ct)
10 DB Hang power cleans (40/25)
10 KB swings (24/16)
10 Double unders/30 singles