Personal Punctuation

If you were a punctuation mark, which one would you be? Has anyone asked you that question before? I hope not, because that’s a pretty strange question.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been pretty anal when it comes to good grammar… especially around colons. Get it?

It seems to me that many people are walking around as if they are periods. Perhaps some people actually feel they are periods. Complete. Secure. Safe. Just a dot. Pretty damn small. Nothing left for further investigation. No doubt. Done. Finito.

Our culture subconsciously encourages us to become those little dots at the end of a phrase. As long as we do ‘this and that’, we can feel protected. Go to school, get a job, get married, have a baby, and die. Period. The end. Many subscribe to this way of living without consideration for their own deeper desires.

Whatever lifestyle you choose, allowing it to be a choice would shift you from a period to a question mark. Keep choosing.

I believe that life is an inquiry. It is a mystery. It is the ultimate question mark. The more we think we ‘know’, the less we actually know. The more periods we put on the end of our life sentences, we quite literally give ourselves a life sentence. It is a jail. It is a trap.

Remain fluid. By practicing presence and adjusting to the fluctuating circumstances life inevitably offers, we are able to adapt in a way that feels comfortable instead of rigid and restricted. The more open we stay to the mystery, the more miracles and synchronicity will flow our way.

It is the illusion of separateness that punctuates us with a period and therefore punctures our souls. A question mark, on the other hand, leaves room for connection and learning and growth and transformation.

In life, contentment has less to do with what you do and more about what pair of ‘glasses’ you choose to wear. How do you see your life? As a period? As a question mark? An exclamation point?

What action steps are needed to shift your perspective?




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