Kairosive is a made up word. Before you knock it, keep in mind that jeggings and photobomb were recently added to the dictionary. Unlike jeggings, embracing a kairosive life is a good thing.
Kairosive comes from the Greek word kairos. Kairos is the opportune (or divine) moment for decisive action. The ending ‘ive’ indicates possessing the character of.
Kairosive is defined as the ability to take decisive action at the opportune moment to ignite change.
There are two kairos moments that brought me here today.
The first was in 2011.
Until that moment, my entire adult life had been focused on working and saving for retirement. A popular conversation was, “when I retire, I’m’onna:”
I’ll save you from the whole list. It’s long.
At the time, I did none of these things. I was too busy working and saving for retirement.
That year while hiking the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior, I slid on loose gravel. I rolled my ankle and began tumbling down a cliff. The drama ends when I was stopped by some trees.
After a grueling hike out on a busted ankle, it occurred to me that I was living my life all wrong. “Someday” may never come. Not to mention, the way I was living wasn’t going to enable me to live my retirement dreams. If I want to garden in retirement, I should see if I enjoy it now. If I want to hike around Lake Superior when I’m 65, I better start training now.
Little by little we changed our entire lives.
The second moment was in 2014.
As Jer and I were wrapping up a celebratory trip to Hawaii, I found myself looking at apartments. There was no way I was going back to my soul crushing job and another Minnesota winter.
It occurred to me that I was stressed and miserable 49 weeks of the year so that I could enjoy 3 weeks of vacation. It wasn’t worth it anymore.
I grudgingly went back to Minnesota. From that moment of kairos, I was able to define areas of my life that needed to change. I began taking baby steps toward new goals and dreams. First thing on the agenda was creating a plan to leave that soul crushing job. (Learn how we set ourselves up financially here.)
We don’t have it all figured out and I don’t know that we ever will. The beautiful thing about taking action is that you evolve.
I have figured out one thing – how to enjoy the journey.
As Jim Rohn said, “Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.”
Throughout this blog, I’ll share what we learned along the way. I’ll tell you how we struggled with fear and resistance. I’ll tell you how we embraced it and kept moving forward.
What kairos moments have inspired you to ignite change?
How have you been kairosive?
Share with us below.