Taking advantage of a shameless opportunity to share
an undeniably cute photo of
my adorable 15 month old grandson, Ryatt!
(and his mom said she would NEVER subject him to
the kind of embarassing photos as I did to her when she was little...!)
So here it is again-that one special night that arrives the same time every year...a time for saying goodbye to the past year and hello to a brand new bright & beautfiul New Year! Like most everyone else, I feel the "obligation" to ponder my activities, thoughts and actions of the past 12 months, and reflect on how I can work on making positive changes to improve my daily life in this upcoming new year. I can usually come up with at least one "resolution", (a word which seems to me to imply some previous defect or correction necessary type endevor) and it just seems a bit odd to me that we feel the pressure on this one day a year to commit to making changes which we feel will bring us a better existence.
Shouldn't we be doing that every day? Every minute even...every single breath, of you think about it! We have the power to chose our thoughts, words, actions, attitude every moment of every day! Did you do something less than your best most highest self today? (who didn't!) Forgive yourself, ask yourself to remember a better way/word/action/thought next time, and keep breathing and taking another step into becoming your best self. Not just tomorrow or the next week or on certain days. Isn't everyday of your life worth the "resolution" to be the best self that YOU want to be? The one YOU are proud of and know and support. Not the person on the tv commercials who lost 12 pounds in a week. Or the one who stopped smoking (but has weird dreams and assorted other side effects from taking a stop smoking drug!). In other words, don't play into the January self-improvement/white sales hype, set lofty admonishments to change overnight and then feel a guilt ridden failure when you "slip" up. Just listen to yourself, your heart, your mind, every day...how do YOU feel about yourself? Who do YOU want to be? What do you need to do/think/say/feel to get closer to being that person?
I plan to find at least an hour or so tomorrow, January first, two thousand and eleven, to sit quietly, and listen to what my inner self is saying about how I can be a more authentic me, how I can make MY heart happy, every single day. And how I can make that my practice as simple and natural as breathing in and out.
Of course I already have a typical resloution type "to do" list for the new year in my mind (do this daily, do that weekly, do this better, stop doing that so much!), but tomorrow, I am hoping to find a way to still my mind, quiet my expectations, and see what my heart tells me to seek in this new year to make everyday a day I feel I have been my very best self.
I do know that my current life circumstances allow me so much freedom to pursue many of the activities which sooth my soul, excite my mind and make my heart sing. I am ever aware of the blessing that is, and the immense gratitude I have for that. I truly do lead the kind of daily life which supports me in being able to choose much of my moment to moment actions. And I know that I have learned much in my almost 51 revolutions around that big yellow ball of fire, many of them over the past year! Now I hope to use what I have learned and learn every single moment of every day to find a way to become an even more
Happy Me-Laurie Z!
P.S. I hope you have a safe and happy New Years Eve celebration-whatever your plans! We have a quiet intimate celebration commencing soon, and I am looking forward to a love-snuggle-movie-food fest filled night with my man & beasts...complete with homemade pizza & fudge, Chex Bold Party Mix, peach spice "dump" cake, and wine! And of course,watching the fireworks at the Space Needle on tv!
See you next year!