I was recently sent this prompt originated by A. W. Tozer that is meant to reveal what our heart invests in. I’m a sucker for surveys and self-discovery, so here goes!
Rules for Self Discovery:
1. What you want most
I most want to live a stress-free life. It’s exhausting to be anxious all the time.
2. What you think about most
Honestly, for the past month, Black Sails. BECAUSE IT’S SO AWESOME. But to break that down, that means I’ve been thinking about history and the potential for alternate histories, which makes me think of potential futures if only people are brave enough to unite with oppressed people groups and demand freedom for all. I’ve also been thinking about queer relationships and what love really means, and how love can inspire people to the best and worst versions of themselves.
3. How you use your money
I save it! If I’m going to spend money, it almost always goes toward travel. I guess that means I value new experiences, broadening my outlook on life, and enjoying beauty.
4. What you do with your leisure time
I read and watch TV, because when I’m not living my life, I want to live as many other people’s lives as possible.
5. The company you enjoy
I enjoy people who are smart, thoughtful, and funny. If we aren’t laughing while discussing all the ways we could change the world for the better, then what’s the point of hanging out (I’m being only mostly facetious)?
6. Who and what you admire
I admire talented people who use their skills to create beauty or unity or something unique. I’m thinking Lin-Manuel Miranda level here. But in my day-to-day life, I admire people who are creative and living life outside the norm as well as people whose perspective on life allows them to find joy in the little things.
7. What you laugh at
I laugh at snarky tweets, my cat running through his cat-tunnel, Try Guys videos, and…most things. I like to laugh.
This exercise is meant to reveal the idols in your life, which is very uninteresting to me. I used to think that when I loved something too much, I needed to get rid of it in order to prove (to God? to myself? to my church?) that I loved God most of all. Now I think these things are gifts from God, and if anything, I should bring God into them and love them all the more.