It’s not always easy to ask ourselves the hard questions—the kind of questions that I imagine are illuminated in your late days of life but are often squeezed out by more “pressing” things in your 20s, 30s, 40s and more. Questions like…

  • Do you speak up when it counts?
  • What do you love to do but never make time for?
  • In regards to the risks you’re afraid of taking, what do you really have to lose?
  • What are you proud of?
  • Do you speak kindly to yourself and others?
  • Are you living or existing?
  • What impact do you want to leave on the people you love?

I think that’s why so many of us fear stillness. Because sometimes, being still feels harder than hustling. Scarier. Quieting the noise, asking ourselves the hard questions, and uncovering the truest version of ourselves sounds infinitely less safe than buying more clothes or putting in more hours at the office.

Deep down, we know that listening to the voice inside may lead us down a different path than the one we’re taking, and… change is hard. But when we do the hard work of self-discovery—the stillness finding and the soul searching—we experience more peace and clarity than we ever felt when we were hustling. It’s really not about the stuff we fill our homes and lives with but instead about the people and pursuits we fill our hearts with.

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