The I’ve Always Loved Game

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If you’re still unsure about your dreams or you don’t know what the next step is to take, play the I’ve Always Loved Game. Doing this will help you discover where your true passions, talents, and abilities lie. And this game can also help you see the next step to take.

For instance, I love the crystals hanging in my kitchen window, especially the rainbows they create that dance all over my walls. Even as a child I’ve loved rainbows created by prisms and crystals.

While these rainbows haven’t directly helped me with my dreams, on days when I’m feeling a little down or discouraged, seeing the rainbows picks up my spirit. When I’m uplifted, I’m more energized and apt to do things that move me forward.

Another thing that looking at the rainbows does is cause me to sit quietly and just enjoy them. I let their beauty, lightness, and joy imbue my being, which is a form of meditation for me. When I sit quietly—meditate, and contemplate—oftentimes I have insights that show me the next step to take.

Playing the I’ve Always Loved Game can help you, too!

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Your homework today is to make a list of all the things that you love, especially the things that you’ve consistently loved throughout your life—those definitely are pointing you in a key direction.

As an example, perhaps as a child you loved swinging on the swing in your backyard. Identify what it was about swinging that you enjoyed. Perhaps it was the rhythmic motion, or the feeling of flying, or the repetitive motion put you in a contemplative or creative state of mind. Maybe it was the only time your siblings left you alone and you enjoyed the peace and quiet!

This exercise is meant to be fun and a type of brainstorming session so don’t cross off or disregard anything you think of. Nothing’s too frivolous or dumb or silly!

For example, as a child, you might have loved walking into your home and smelling the pie or the cookies or the dinner that your mom was making. It made you feel warm, safe, and loved. Now, when you’re feeling out of sorts or confused or discouraged, perhaps you can bake a batch of cookies or put on a pot roast. The feelings and emotions this elicits can be just the boost you need to then take the next step!

This is an important assignment so take the time to do this exercise thoroughly—don’t give it a lick and a promise. You can take all day to do it or all week or all month. You can keep your list handy and add to it throughout the year.

You can do this—you have what it takes!

I’m so proud of you for sticking with this and for your bravery in going for your dreams. You’re awesome!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

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