The question of “What are you up to?” has many, many connotations. It could mean – “what kind of mischief are you up to?”, which is often the context when asked by a parent. It could mean – “how much energy do you have and are you up for doing something?” when asked by a friend who wants to do something fun. It could mean “what have you been doing lately?” when asked by a friend or colleague. Or, it could mean, “What is the thing that drives you to be up to something big in your life?”
The last question is the one I want to focus on today. I was re-reading some of my notes and one thread that runs through them is my desire for people to recognize that they are up to something big. In this context being up to something means recognizing your magnificence and knowing that were born for something big. Even when things are not going the way you had hoped, you can still be up to something big.
When I do a Life Energies workshop I love seeing the lightbulbs go on over people’s heads when they see that they are OK, just the way they are. Some of their secret concerns get put to rest. For people with Aliveness energy, they get the “aha” that starting things is OK and they don’t necessarily have to finish everything, especially the ones that don’t actually go anywhere. For people with Truth energy the “aha” might be that it’s OK to be quiet and that they don’t have to force themselves to be outgoing, that being shy isn’t akin to a swear word. For people with Workability energy, they get the “aha” that it’s OK not to like downtime, that they can love their projects, lists, and productivity.
The other lightbulb that goes on for people is that they don’t have to continue judging themselves or the people in their life who have different energies than they do. It’s about embracing who you are and accepting others. When you connect those realizations with recognizing your Life Purpose – look out! You know you are up to something. You are up to the task at hand, what ever you decide that is. You are empowered to live the life you want to live. You jump in and live your life deliberately rather than letting it live itself around you.
What are you up to? What do you feel empowered to consider? What steps can you take to move forward? Where are you stuck?
PS The picture at the top of this post is one that I took in Switzerland two years ago. My husband had a week-long conference in Germany and I went along to explore. When we returned I realized how many adventures I had taken all by myself, not knowing the language or really even where I was going. I was up to something and I went for it in a big way.