We need to find meaning in our lives—to acquire what Aristotle called eudaimonia, a life well-lived with a sense of purpose and virtue.
At the tail end of the baby boomer generation, I’ve been in nonprofit management for over thirty years. With a Journalism degree from the University of Minnesota, I’ve always wanted to write, to tell a story. While I’ve written a fair amount through my career, I really started pursuing it when I started my Cast Light blog on December 31, 2011 with my first post on “Worthiness.”
Seven years and 800+ posts later, I’ve got the “first draft” of a book which happens to be on “the list” as well. The practice of writing for Cast Light has made me a better writer. And there’s still room for improvement, thank goodness. We are always evolving, growing and become more of who we are called to be.
And that’s what Start3Things is all about. Amidst our busy lives, we can and must pursue that dream, that lofty idea by breaking it down into steps each day – 3 steps, that’s it. Tangible, doable and it adds up over time.
To do the work, to put in the effort and with deliberate practice reach the finish line. Where Start3Things is today and where it will be 6 months, 1 year, 2 years from now are very different as it should be. Where we start is not where we will end, but the finish line only becomes real when we dare to start and to do the daily work. According to Aristotle, eudaimonia is defined as right actions that result in the well-being of an individual, a life well-lived with a sense of purpose.
So join me on this journey as I research, construct, dabble, write and share ideas and inspiration to prompt action to get to whatever finish line that’s calling from deep within. Don’t leave anything on the table. Participate in your life and never let fear, scarcity or unworthiness get in your way. You have it in you so let’s get to work, on purpose.
“Happiness then, is found to be something perfect and self-sufficient, being the end to which our actions are directed.” ― Aristotle