Those of you who’ve been reading this blog for a while will remember that I put together a coloring contest every summer called the Enjoy the Process coloring contest where everyone fills in this shape and then submits it to me with a dollar. I put it up for display and then everyone at the BB&E votes for their favorite piece. The person who colored the piece with the most votes wins all the dollars.
When I first put the contest flyer together back in 2009, I used the who, what, why, when, where method to explain it. Originally, under the why, I wrote “To illustrate the point that you get out of life what you put into it.” Unfortunately, when my idea was vehemently rejected by the sponsor of the art contest, I moved the contest to Kids night and then changed the ‘why’ to “To create an opportunity for fun for everyone.” I didn’t have enough internal fortitude at the time to explain the original idea to everyone in the park. Mainly because I figured the people coming to the event weren’t ready or willing to hear about my philosophy. It was much easier to keep it simple and fun.
Well, I was chatting with my lady-friends at our Mastermind group the other night, and in the course of our conversation, I brought up this concept. That’s when Lisa said “That sounds like a blog post. I can’t wait to read it.”
And so here it is…the real idea behind Enjoy the Process. Although I thought I had written it, looking back through the blog, it seems all I’ve really talked about was the contest, not the philosophy itself.
The idea behind filling out the shape really is to illustrate the point that you get out of life what you put into it. The shape symbolizes our life, while doodling in the middle with a pencil to create random loops creates the space that the days of our lives take up. Looking at our lives in that shape, and then using different colors to fill in each loop and space, we can see how every single day holds a unique pattern and shade. Sometimes we’ll have a bright yellow day, where everything feels wonderful and we’re totally on the right track. But right next to it might be a dark day filled with stress and longing. Put them next to each other, combined with all the different colors a.k.a. ‘feelings’ of the other days, and this glorious representation of our time on this planet starts to take shape.
It would be supremely boring if every day were the same. The beauty comes from the contrast. Although we can’t control everything that happens in our day to day lives, we can try to enjoy the process. We can take our lives one day at a time and stay open to the flow. We can do our best to savor each moment and serve our people to the best of our ability. We can create a life worth looking forward to when we pay attention to our attention.
Overall, it seems pretty simple.
What do you think, my friendly blog reader?
Does this idea help you see your life more clearly?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
p.s. If you need some help getting a fresh perspective on your life, feel free to give me a call.