“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” Alice Walker
Greetings, my darlings!
Can you believe it’s but a mere couple of weeks before the end of yet another year? I can’t believe that 2020 is right around the corner! When I was growing up, the year 2020 seemed like ages away and, now, here it is!
This is the time of year known for reflecting and setting intentions for yet the start of another year. We look at others for inspiration, maybe at our elders or role models for some motivation and hit the books, podcasts, webinars and who knows what else for some added enlightenment. We journal, make vision boards, write affirmations and create a vision for what or whom we want to grow into as we continue our evolution on this planet.
Throughout our lives, we tend to find ourselves emulating some of those role models, people we know/don’t know, and perhaps even some of our peers, colleagues and esteemed friends. It’s just something about them that strikes us and lights a fire under us. We want to be just like them!
One thing we tend not to look at though, is how many of those same people are emulating us (including ones we may not even know but see in passing). Just think about that for a moment…do you know how powerful you truly are?
I’ve always said that we really never know how many people’s lives we touch and how exponential our influence can be. As we become older and wiser, we tend to better understand the impact and the scope of such influence. Perhaps we get more serious about the choices we make, seek out opportunities to exercise our leadership skills, find ways we can be of service and make a difference and maybe even lend our voices to those who cannot use their own.
There comes a point where we align ourselves and our thoughts, views, speech, actions and intentions with our values and beliefs, so that we can uphold and be the embodiment of those same beliefs and values. In doing so, we become a source of inspiration, motivation or consolation for others. As a result, we may continuously find ourselves looking for ways to keep ourselves in check.
A good way for me to keep myself in check is journaling…..about everything! Good, bad and everything in between. However, one of my favorite things to do this time of year is to take a deeper dive and ask myself significant questions. Everywhere we look these days we see questions upon questions designed to help us review, reflect, take stock of the year we are leaving behind and determine how we want to step into a new year.
I’ve been compiling a list of questions to do just that. A few are from past blogs, posts I’ve seen, and others are from conversations I’ve been having lately. I am going to be working on them over the next several days…especially while on the beach! Being by the ocean always puts me in a reflective mood!
I hope you will join me for some end of year inspiration!
- Are you living a life you can admire? Explain how or why not.
- Is your heart in the right place? If not, why not?
- Are you living a life of meaning and purpose?
- Are you feeling conflicted in any way? If so, how?
- Where are you being unloving to yourself?
- Where are you being very loving to yourself?
- Are you a peaceful person, or are you filled with rage, regrets, grievances or resentments?
- What stories or narratives are you creating around situations and are they helping or sabotaging you?
- How can you change the story/narrative?
- Who or what disrupts your peace?
- Are there any people you need to release from your life? Who are they and why?
- Who is someone with whom you need to have a heart to heart conversation?
- What were some of your challenges this past year?
- What were some of your accomplishments and proud moments?
- Do you operate from an open heart or a tightly guarded/closed heart?
- How do you express and show your love on a daily basis?
- What personal strengths and uniqueness can you share that will contribute and add value to the lives of others?
- In what ways are you helping to move humanity forward in your own little corner of the world?
- What kind of world do you want to live in?
- What role are you playing in healing your own wounds so, that in turn, you are contributing to the collective healing of humanity?
Darlings, I wish you all a merry and happy everything- each and every day of your lives! And may you find joy even in some of the saddest moments that may arise. May you carve some time to sit with your thoughts, recollections of this past year, and find ways to continue to be a light in your own corner of the world. Now go out there and touch lives in unimaginable ways!
As one of my yoga teacher friend says, “May you be blessed, and may you continue being a blessing!
Inhale Love and Light…Exhale Grace and Gratitude, JTC