I threaded my fingers through John’s and glanced across the waters. We were taking our early evening walk along the shoreline. The sun had just set over the Mediterranean Sea, smudging the sky sherbet orange and candy pink. Across the bay, villages along the coastline had begun to turn on their lights, twinkling up the mountain side.
I had long dreamed of living in a place where the mountains met the sea. I looked across the waters. Here the Akamas mountains tumbled into the sea and waves washed upon the rocks. Could my dream possibly come true?
As we walked, I turned to John, “I could live here John.”
Within three years, we’d set up a base in Cyprus.
Here in Cyprus, I have found a strong sense of community and connection. It’s a place to take time in nature, to reflect and ponder in the quiet and still...
Everything I had imagined, I'd written down when I'd completed an exercise describing my ideal environment many years prior.
Where the mountain meets the sea, Cyprus.
In what imaginary environment would your best self emerge?
In what imaginary environment would your best self emerge? That very question was one of the questions that helped me to get crystal clear about what I really wanted from my day-to-day life - what my ideal life would look like. (Thank you Barbara Sher for the question).
This question is an important question to consider, because often our lives are shaped by the circumstances society has thrown upon us. We can go through life without ever thinking of what we really want outside of the imposed ideals and expectations of others. In many cases we’ve adapted our environment to suit others.
This week I asked my friends the question and here were a few of the answers that came back:
So now, let's have some fun...
So, now let’s have some fun here. No rules - just have fun, get creative in your imagination …
In one or two paragraphs tell us what imaginary environment would your best self emerge?
Take time to answer the question thoughtfully and you will likely discover things that you didn’t know you wanted. When you think about your ideal environment, don't just think in terms of places - think about people and resources and support available to you also.
When you let your imagination run free you'll uncover desires that lay hidden from long ago. You'll get a better idea of what you'd like your environment to be and also what's not currently working for you.
Spend a few minutes now reflecting on the question. It's powerful – look where doing it led me and yet I never dreamed I'd live in a paradisaical place like this.
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