This will be my last Monday in Tbilisi for a while. Almost five months to the day we arrived here. Almost five months to the day we go home as three with our new baby installed and downloading!
A lot of you asked how can I stay over here for five months? The answer is easier than you think but it still took 55 years to be able to do it.
Every year I live my life in a theme. I think about the theme for the following year so as to stay focused and embed that one thought.
This year’s theme was a theme that revolved around breaking restraints and that theme was ‘intuition’.
To live an intuitive life meant that a few things that felt like a risk would have to be taken. The big one of course was to sell everything we had in England knowing we would be coming back home when we were ready and then as good as start again. But to be intuitive I wanted to do that and my darling wife as always supported me.
The other thing that does it creates a more detached approach to life. This means it is easy to let material things that rust and break go and then replace them when ready. Don’t get wrong I like things like my car or other gadgets but it’s also easy to let them go and never feel defined by things that surround me.
There is another thing of course; how do you continue to you live and earn money whilst being in a totally foreign land?
Ass you know I used too have shops and other businesses that meant I would be stuck in an office, on a shop floor or behind a desk writing for clients. Today I still get paid by clients of course but in the 90s I could see that if I could run my business from a computer that would mean I no longer needed a fixed station but just a computer and web access.
In the early days of the Pentium 90 and dial-up that was never that easy. As time has passed it has never easier to get a business running from a computer.
I consult over Skype or WhatsApp so that isn’t an issue regardless of where I am based. The other big issue I had to overcome was the business of building websites, hiring tech guys or upgrading plugins that would throw my websites out again.
I wanted everything more intuitive and that is what happened this year. The results for me have been phenomenal. Apart from finishing and publishing yet another new book I am well underway with another two new books and busy with my own private client schedule.
I don’t think if we didn’t go intuitive this year anything of this would have taken place. I t would have been an endless repeat of sitting at my desk and slogging away.
Now of course when we get back in a few day’s time it’ll be full on. New house, new car, new furniture and of course the love of my life has given me at 55 a new child that I have never felt so excited about in my whole life.
This for me is good. The new things are new challenges, the new challenges exercise my mind and if my mind is healthy I can always push forward.
So why am I sharing this with you?
The fear of a big challenge like this is a fear that is designed to stop many creating a life they desire. Yet you have to know what you really desire and ask yourself are my actions in harmony with my desires. I thing one thing holding me back at the end of last year and the start if this year we boredom and the ties to expectations of routine. So I took it by the neck and shattered those ties.
I only did that once I had planned ahead a little to make sure everything was in place to make this possible.
Life is a one-time event and there is nothing wrong with asking yourself is yours a life that is giving you and others what you want to give?
If not what are you willing to change?
Alan Forrest Smith