As I woke this morning and looked out the window, the puddle of water on the top of our hot tub is evidence that it rained at some point during the night. The rain explains the nagging headache that has bothered me for days, since my migraines are largely attuned to barometric pressure changes. I can only pray that it is now at its peak.
The truth is this: We simply do not know where we will be one year from now, much less tomorrow. This being the case, what do you want to make of today so that you feel great about yourself? I’m not talking about adding stress or taking on a mad-dash attitude! The last thing either of us needs is one more thing for the to-do list. No, I’m thinking more about what you’d like to drop from your life that would improve your sense of gratitude. For example, what “accounts” do you need to close in order to live freely? How could you do so simply? Dare I say it: how could you lower the bar to what’s been unrealistic? . . . . What if we were to revise our standards, giving ourselves more slack?
- Recall the gratitude you have for what others have given.
- Recall the personal challenges that have helped you grow. Find compassion for the simple expressions of good that have come your way. Tell those who’ve assisted your unfolding.
- Recall moments of beauty. Beauty comes out of chaos. (Share the memory with someone you love. Ask them theirs.
- Recall the new people, places and things you discovered that touched you most. ( Write a thank-you notes in three sentences or less, and send them.
- Recall the dreams that have continued to stir your heart, pressing your spirit to express them while you still can. Ask someone you love about their current dream, and share your own.
- Recall the unexpected moments of encouragement you’ve found in nature, in the stillness, or in a glance or look from another living creature that have reminded you that connection lives, and that life is richest when appreciating the simple things.
- Recall one favorite moment from this year that touched you deeply. Thank whomever needs thanking.
Happy New Year, Happy New Century.
Blessings, Peace & Joy to you and your family, Lydia