This post has nothing to do with money. It has nothing to do with financial investments. This post is to share with you why I believe it is essential to invest in the experience of life in order to fully live from the center of our being.
On my Christmas break in Carmel-by-the-Sea, I found myself at a quaint and cozy antique store that had low ceilings and the most fabulous book section. I often find myself drawn to old books not only for the smell and the paper texture but the words, wisdom and philosophies so many writers shared freely at that time are inspiring to me.
I had looked through many works of art before I picked up the smallest book in one section called The Life Radiant, written by Lillian Whiting in 1904. I began reading the book and knew it was meant for me when I read “invest in your experience.” Those three words struck me; it was almost as if they were reminding me of what I have done since my awakening or opening four years ago.
For me, investing in my experience meant digging through it all the mud, sorting the good, bad and the ugly and then using those ingredients to better understand myself and become friends with myself and life again. I knew if I could befriend myself I would have a better chance of living a more fulfilled life. So, I did. I invested every single minute of my days, and that’s no exaggeration. Self-discovery and deep personal travels became my full-time job, and I joked about having a Pd.D in inner work. It was so hard some days, like the pit of hell but I made it out, and here I am sharing it with you. Today, I am married to an honorable man, my son has taken residence in my heart, my book is about to be distributed, and I am drawn to people I can help all because I chose to lean in and not run away.
I consider the result of my investment the best possible return I could have ever hoped for.
So, tell me…do you invest in your experiences? Have you seen the return you want desire?