Designing Your Life – Chapter 2 Summary

[This is a part of a series I’m doing with a group of people using the “Designing Your Life” Book by Dave Evans and Bill Burnett.]

From mapping out where you may be (find out where you are) with work, play, love, and health.  What’s the dashboard gauge like for each of these areas? Once we start where we are (some call these phase awaken), we need to build a compass.  We’d build a map but since we’re living a life that has never been lived, a map will be useless to us.  It doesn’t exist! But a compass can help guide us and give us direction.  

The big question in this chapter is “What is your quest”?  And how do we find our quest?  I’ve over-analyzed, speculated, and worried about my quest.  To the point of making myself sick. All the “what-if” questions and scenarios have flooded my heart and mind.  Comparison, culturally defined success, and my own insecurities have caused me to freeze up. I’ve been stuck in times past, not knowing what my quest is.  I’ve been more worried about losing it all and then trying to figure out how to keep it all out of fear. I’ve been afraid that I didn’t get the instructions for my life!

Somehow, I’m returning to the perennial questions:  

  • What is the good life and how do I define and live it?
  • Why am I here?
  • Does it matter?
  • What’s my purpose?

The compass building process involves a workview and lifeview.  A workview helps define and examine and define what good work might mean to us.  A lifeview is about our ideas and beliefs about the world and how it might work. Lifeviews (or presuppositions) are about our ideas and beliefs regarding life, relationships, spirituality, and life fulfillment.  It’s our OS per se.  

Both of these views will change over time.  But we have start where we are. We have to name what we believe so that it can help guide us as we design our lives.  

In my faith tradition, we have a spiritual discipline of prayer called the examen.  It helps us to become aware of God’s activity in our lives, and how we are responding to it.  It’s the discipline of seeing the everyday material of our lives and asking questions of it. We’re trying to listen and notice where joy and gladness are, what we’re grateful for, and how we’re being invited into that joyous presence and life.  

We’re also trying to notice where the desperation and lowness is; the lack of vitality.  It has clues to what our life is speaking and saying to us.

The chapter finishes with an exercise to reflect and write about what our workview and lifeviews might currently be.  The aim is to create a compass that helps give us what some call our true north.  

I can’t tell you what your views are.  Your life is a composite of them. They’ve been implicitly or explicitly guiding you.  It’s your work to figure out what they are so you can let them guide you in the process of designing your life.

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