I was never drawn to Paris. Not even a little bit. There was a time when my soul yearned only for the dazzling white sand of tropical beaches (so elusive!), or the well-trodden Himalayas or Alps, or even the glass skyscrapers of contemporary Asian megalopolises. But never Paris.
And breathe! I did it. Fourteen days of writing an article a day, with only one day off on Sunday. The result is twelve written pieces; a task I’d set myself with a deadline of three months, but completed in just two weeks. This piece is the last one in the series. But how to keep it going every day? And have I succeeded in my mental detox through this intensive and mindful approach? Time for a review.
Everything you see here today is my conversation with my “past self”. Sometimes I address my past self from ten years ago; sometimes it’s the person I was only yesterday.
I am not addressing some hypothetical target audience, nor do I imagine a specific person facing their own problems; I’m not trying to save the world and I’m certainly not trying to please everyone (although I would like to be liked, yes). I talk to my past self about what I see today, in order to adjust my path. Offering help and support, removing fears, undoing any limiting beliefs and often just giving myself a good splash of cold water – it all makes me healthier.
Continuing the conversation “Why do things work out well for one person and not another?” I would like to say something about the most essential skill in matters of conscious change. If you asked me to name just one thing that distinguishes people who live according to their own rules from people who do not, I would say without the slightest hesitation: self-control.
Why do things work out well for one person and not another? Sometimes recurrently? What is that about? Is it written in the stars or the laws of nature?