Today I am determined to rededicate myself to expanding my horizons by looking inward for personal growth, insights, and learning. The start of a New Year creates space for me to set an intention to be more fully available (emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, energetically) to myself and others than I was able to be last year.
Upon reflection, I surmise that in order to move forward toward this goal, I may need to practice non-judgement, kindness, gratitude, and living in the moment. Let me tell you why...
My default setting for new adventures is, at first, fear. With non-judgement, I can acknowledge my feelings, check to see whether my fear is justified, and/or consult with a trusted friend to hash things out. With kindness, I can be gentle with myself and others in any situation, as I encourage us along. With gratitude I can appreciate progress and recognize the power inherent in learning by trial and error. By living in the moment, I can truly honor myself and those I interact with, by planting my mind, heart, attention, and energy into the soil of whatever I am involved in. Here are some ways I've thought to work on this.
- Do only one thing at a time.
- Plan for one day at a time to reduce the "doing too much" syndrome.
- Listen to my secret longings, dreams, and preferences when determining time-choices.
- Deal with minor irritations before they turn into explosions.
- Consider others' needs, but don't forget to focus on my priorities.
- Laugh at myself and lighten up.
- State boundaries directly and simply, without attachment to another person's reaction.
- Refrain from offering advice to anyone who doesn't ask for it.
- Reserve time and energy for exercise, relaxation, spiritual pursuits, and fun activities.
- Practice flexibility by being willing to regroup, re-frame, recycle, or shelve.
- Act only when fully cognizant about my motives.
- Appreciate all my blessings and acknowledge the wondrous gift of being vitally alive.