Ah, January 1st! As fresh as the newly fallen snow. And full of possibilities! And here, in Northeast Ohio where there’s two feet of snow in your driveway, it’s the perfect time to cuddle up with a warm blanket next to a fireplace or a swath of candles, and just enjoy not being at work or school for as long as it lasts. Such forced hibernation can lead to all sorts of great achievements!
After running around like a crazy person with lists in every pocket, it feels good to soak up some well-deserved down time.
But doing nothing is a skill for me, and one that I have to work on. I’m not talking about the mindless moments of sitting in front of the TV, or scanning social media feeds. No, what I’m referring to is that ability to get quiet, be completely present and absorb the present moment. You know, the whole Power of Now thing – thank you Eckart Tolle! God I love that man, but it’s been my constant challenge to roll out his brilliant philosophy of life in daily practice.
Right now, for instance, my new “Daily Greatness Journal” is sitting right next to me and it’s practically screaming for me to open it and get busy plotting and scheming about 2018. It’s so pretty, all bright orange, optimistic, and well, blank!
In thinking about the year that just ended, and the one that lays before me now, I just can’t even believe how fast time seems to go by. It was summer a minute ago, and then we were buying pumpkins. Christmas seemed like a long way off when we were decorating the tree on the day after Thanksgiving, and now it’s almost time to take down the decorations. The older I get, the more life feels like a series of holidays.
So, instead of New Year’s Resolutions, and in an effort to suck the most out of each day, I’m making a pact with myself to live fully in each moment. To be more freakin’ present in my own life.
It sounds so simple, and I think it really is. It’s just a matter of getting back into the head of my two year old self who marveled at everything and thought life existed solely for her pleasure. Piece of cake! I can do that, and it might be a lot of fun to trade in my adult expectations for a child’s sense of wonderment and amazement.
Back to Eckart, and one of my favorite quotes:
“Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally”
There were times in my life when I could do nothing but totally accept the situation, and let me tell you, there is great peace in just surrendering.
In 2018 though, I am feeling inspired, motivated, and ready to push myself to reach a new level of growth,
What will that entail? Well, I’m not exactly certain (I haven’t completed “My Greatness Blueprint” yet!), but I do know that I want to continue strengthening my current mindset and beliefs that I am:
- Someone who runs – maybe a 10K?
- Someone who eats clean and at home most of the time
- Someone who maintains a daily meditation/yoga practice
- Someone who knows what she wants, visualizes it, and feels the reality of having it already exist
- Someone who loves herself, loves God, and loves one special someone
- Someone who has a strong support group of friends and family
- Someone who has a well-paying job and fulfilling work that adds value to others
- Someone who is financially stable and uses money as a tool for the transfer of energy
- Someone who gives back to the community through service and volunteering where it’s most needed
- Someone who lives in a state of amazed gratitude for all of the people, places and things that make up this thing called life
And there you have it. My new year is underway! If you follow me through the holidays and random moments, I will let you know how it’s going and how the someone that I want to be is doing at becoming more of the Someone I Am.
* Sidenote: I know that the “someone” who made a list of all the things she wants to be, looks an awful lot like someone making resolutions, but really I am trying! Small steps, small steps….