Back to Blog

The Magic Combo of Self Awareness and Structure

Oct 31, 2019

“Ah-ha, that’s it!” I said to myself this morning, in the sleepy state of barely awake after my early-morning alarm. After struggling to figure out when in the day would work to visit my elder parents, I felt a surge of clarity and happiness. I have two deadlines to meet, a daughter on summer vacation, a crazy-busy bridge to traverse and my parents each have their own rhythm that I try to honour. I’ve had no structure around visiting either of them, save for dad coming for Sunday dinner. But that’s not enough at this stage of the game.

Self awareness and structure are a magic combination.

I know there’s no end to the depths of what I might learn about myself as I move through life consciously and with the desire for self awareness and self realization. Yet, here I am slightly dumbfounded by how powerfully I’m impacted by this morning’s message that structure works for me – big time. Knowing that I need structure and then putting the right structure in place is a magic combo that brings me comfort, clarity, peace and joy. Insert happy dance. I breathed deeply and exhaled.

End-of-life planning is a tool for personal discovery

If you too crave more comfort, clarity, peace and joy, then try this on for size. Death, or more accurately, anticipating and preparing for my inevitable, some-day-one-day death is the most powerful tool I know for learning about myself. Combine this with the fact that Willow’s reason for being is to create structure—opportunities and tools—to facilitate personal discovery and pragmatic end-of-life planning. 

“Exploring the reality of your mortality is an expedition into all that matters in the end, and therefore all that matters now.” It’s the truth. You’ll find this quote in the opening segment of 7 Tools for Making Sense of Life & Death, the online program and the workbook. I guarantee that using the 7 tools will help you clarify who and what matters most to you. What you learn will lay the foundation for any and all important planning and it will change how you live, right here, right now and for the rest of your life—whether that’s days or decades and really, who’s to know?

What about you?

How does your self awareness support you to create structures that works for you?

What kind of personal-discovery surprises have you had lately?