Last week (or the week before) I wrote a post about mind maps. I was intrigued by the concept, but as I attempted to make my own map for my 2021 planner, I kept feeling like I needed to change the lay-out from this:
To something more like this:
You see the more I jotted down my 2021 goals and ideas, the more I realized that there were TWO DISTINCT CATEGORIES:
- Input (personal investments– like exercise)
- Output (my engagement with people & the world around me.)
I left out all my private particulars in each category below, but this is basically how I filled mine in:
This kind of diagram is a more accurate reflection of the symbiotic relationship between what we “put into” ourselves and what “put out” (for lack of a better descriptor). It’s a great way to visualize personal growth in the context how it can positively impact the people and the world around us especially as our talents and self care pass through the gate of our heart. It is at precisely that moment, when ‘our best inner self’ grafts onto ‘who and what we love in life’ that true fulfillment takes place.
Love is the mechanism that transforms our roots into fruits.
My husband and I are in the middle of an intriguing book on tape. I will share more about it later, but what makes it fascinating is how it so clearly lays out the dangers of “all roots and NO fruits.”
The story is a case study in how the self-centered pursuit of knowledge, health, fitness and/or spirituality for no other reason than personal satisfaction, compensation and/or gratification oftentimes leads to disappointing (even dangerous) outcomes. Personal investment and improvements with no “beneficiaries” can create nothing short of an existential crisis.. something we are seeing more of during this season of Covid and quarantines.
A disconnect between roots and fruits was why I re-imagined my original mind map and plugged my goals and vision for 2021 into the tree above.
Take a moment to plot your own 2021 vision into the tree.. it can be a revealing, and worthwhile, exercise.