As we all face this new year, many of us are excited to face new challenges, meet new goals, aspire to become new people & see new triumphs. We all prepare ourselves in a variety of different ways, lists, calendars, new apps, seminars, meetings, new habits, and this year, even a new president. These things are all good, and help us focus & get on track. But where is your heart at?
You know those moments that you have on rare occasion where your heart rips out of your chest, raw & alive, and is exposed to the world? Maybe it happens riding in a car with an old friend, blasting an old record with the windows down. Maybe with your spouse in the kitchen after sharing a good laugh. Maybe at church when something profound hits you. Or after a conversation that kept you up to the wee hours of the morning. You know, those experiences that give you goosebumps and make you feel like you’re really living? When you stop to reflect in that moment, what is your thought? Is your self reflection a “this is what I’m meant to do” or “this is who I’m meant to be” type of statement? I know for me it often is. Your perception of “reality” throws caution to the wind and your heart beats with passion as your mind grasps to catch up.
Savor that moment. Bottle it up and take it to go. I think the whole concept that “reality” sinks back in is bogus. What is reality that it won’t allow us to live up to the full measure of who we are meant to be in those moments? I’m not saying that we all have to abandon the 9–5 to go live the dream, but what is it that holds us back from living out that fullness in our ordinary lives? Why not BE who we’re meant to be no matter what we’re doing or where we’re going? If we all lived up to our highest self standard, how much better would that make every environment? What if everyone around you was trying to be the kindest person they knew how? Or the biggest giver that they could be? How radically different would that make your workplace, your friendships & your intimate relationships?
I think that if rather than focusing on goals, aspirations, and resolutions this year, we all focused on trying to listen to what our hearts tell us in those moments that we have all had, we would see much greater success than we would hope for with our planning & goals. So I challenge you, in the face of your new years resolutions, and year planning, to set aside some time and get in touch with your heart. Delve into those innermost thoughts and figure out who it is you want to become this year through your travels. Become that person, and all your other planning will fall into place.
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