You deserve to do more than get by or cope. Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed. Getting by and coping don’t lead to a life of joy. Getting diagnosed and treated is the first step in learning to manage your ADD and your life. That’s the first step toward thriving. ADDers sometimes get pigeon-holed or labeled in certain ways, making it harder to break out of the mold. It takes a coach or counselor, perhaps a friend to help you learn new ways of interacting in the world. You need new habits that support your ADD management and you need new attitudes and behaviors too.
It’s been awhile since I had to memorize something. Those brain cells lose their elasticity with memorization without constant work. I’m struggling with learning a 5-minute presentation I wrote to give for Ignite. It’s *only* five minutes long and I haven’t embedded it in my brain to present with timed slides. I know the material. Maybe it’s my monkey ADD brain playing games with me. Out of desperation and frustration though I came up with an excellent plan to make this presentation mine.
When your memorization skills play games with you and you struggle with learning a simple “something”, try this…..
This “Week of Passion” started after watching a speech Elizabeth Gilbert gave with the suggestion of not living a life of passion but instead to be willing to flit among your various interests. Her message is more complex than that, yet I think my summary is adequate for my present purpose here.
When I was 10 the idea of being 21 thrilled me. Why? Because then I could drink and vote. That would be perfection.
Curiosity has given me so much in life. Without that unbounding curiosity I’d know and feel so much less. Treasures abound with a curiosity-filled life.
I’m passionate about food. I’m especially passionate about eating healthy, organic food. That passion hopefully overcomes the passion for sugar and junk food I seem to have. I’ve gotten to the point that if I really like a food, I figure it must have sugar in it — and I’m usually right. 🙂
Following your passion is the common advice given to people to help them on their path to success and happiness. I wonder, and hear others wonder, “How do you do that?” because I don’t always know which zeal to use on my path to accomplishment and satisfaction. You may have that same question or concern.
Wayne Dyer taught me a powerful lesson — after he died. He taught be about starting my day with gratitude in a way I’d never done before. It was much simpler than other approaches I’d practiced before. Consequently, it was more satisfying and energizing.
It makes total sense. As with any generator, you need specific things to generate your energy: fresh air, food, water, and the desire or attitude of energy. That last element may be the most important for living an energized life.
Are rituals part of your life? Maybe you’d like to better understand what I’m asking before you commit to an answer. In my way of thinking, a ritual is a prescribed or established rite, ceremony, proceeding, or service. Lots of things that happen in religious establishments qualify as rituals too, but that’s not specifically what I’m talking about here.