As 2015 rolls in, where are you? Are you at peace with your life? Have you set goals or made resolutions?
I have never been a fan of New Year resolutions, but I am a fan of declaring a theme that will define my year. Last year it was change. In 2015, it is intention.
By intention, I mean being mindful that all times, I live inside choice. This entails slowing down in order to be deliberate about choosing how I am showing up each day, within each relationship, and in each situation.
There is a quote I absolutely love by a new favorite author of mine, Patti Digh: “We are always-always-in choice.”
When things are chaotic or tragic, or feel beyond our control, it is easy to think we are outside of choice, that things are happening to us. But they aren’t. Each moment gives us the power to choose how we will respond, how we will feel, how we will show up.
I admire the people who are able to gracefully accept the messy stuff that at times life presents. These people not only notice and appreciate the inherent lessons, but they go out in the world and apply the wisdom. Such individuals aren’t naval-gazers or victims. They are influencers. Through their example, they help each of us reach a little higher and stand a bit taller.
I am very grateful to have happened upon some of these people and hope by introducing a different influencer in each newsletter, that you too will feel inspired. The first is author Patti Digh. She embodies the principle of intentional living.
Perhaps it is her story of watching her stepfather die of lung cancer within 37 days of being diagnosed that particularly resonates with me as my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer two days before Thanksgiving. I couldn’t help being drawn to her courage, evident in her ability to look beyond the heartbreaking situation and wonder: “If I had 37 days what would I do, how would I live?” You can check out her blog here: www.37days.com.
Her answer is one of the most graceful I have ever read: “It wasn’t about climbing Mt. Everest….instead it was about living each individual, glorious day with more intention. It was simply about saying yes, being generous, speaking up, loving more, trusting myself, and slowing down.”
Check out two of her books: The Geography Of Loss and Life Is A Verb:37 Days To Wake Up, Be Mindful And Live Intentionally.
I’d love to hear from you; what is your theme or dream for 2015?
Wishing you peace, health and fulfillment in the year ahead.