The Beginning Of The Next Chapter, The Filming Of A New Scene
Every morning, with each day, we get to write our story and live our lives.
We get to cocreate our reality and envision the life we will lead—we get to choose our goals, our bucket lists, and then fill that in with the tasks and the stepping stones that will help us climb to the top of the mountain of our life.
Ideally, at the end of every day we slow down and take stock of what we did and did not accomplish that day and accept where we missed our mark and redirect our arrow towards our goals for the following day.
For many of us, we live such busy lives, that getting through the day and the week and the month we forget to stop and plan and dream and envision where we want to end up. For many adults, we have lost the ability to dream the unimaginable—or our dreams have been squashed or ridiculed. And yet, the impossible can be made possible. Challenges are there to be overcome. We often need to be gently encouraged to raise the bar higher and reach for the stars—because that is where the transformation and growth is hidden.
When we swim in triathlons, –we are taught to set up our sight at the onset of the swim and keep that end in sight to stay on our path –after few strokes we continually re-sight in order not to get too much off course.
The same is true in life. However, for many we keep going without taking the time to stop, slow down and reposition. We cling to our old narrative, our old story instead of editing our childhood or early adult narrative with new insight and wisdom. As we start to live for ourselves and not for our parents, we may want to go down a new path, change directions or make a complete about face but unless we go inward and listen to our heart, our energy, and our callings—we may continue to live a life that is not strictly of our own design.
Moreover, we live in a society that has been imbalanced for centuries. The story has been about work and achievement and success but in the strictest sense we get to individually define success and the path to success may NOT always be through hard labor or monetary gain. What if time for family and friends and love and connection is a better way to define success? What then is more important than creatively carving out the time to experience those more ephemeral pleasures of life?
We need money to buy the safety and security to live a life full of connection and pleasure. We need meaning and purpose but also play and frivolity. Likely, a well lived life is one of balance. Balancing all forces of nature, balance the masculine and feminine in all things, balancing the yin with the yang:
Balancing presence, awareness and grounding with movement, aliveness and flow.
- Be the river bank—be the river
- Be the root—be the tree
- Be the Branch-Be the leaf
- Be the soil- be the critter
- Be the stalk-be the flower
- Be the sky—be the starts
- Be the mountain-be the earthquake
- Be the cloud—be the rain
- Be the coach—be the player
- Be the parent-be the child
- Be the light post-be the light
- Be the minister-be the congregant
- Be the rock—be the pebble/sand
- Be the shell—be the crab
- Be the ocean-be the swimmer
- Be the bike—be the cyclist
- Be the trail—be the runner
- Be the ocean-be the boat
- Be the road-be the car
- Be the fulcrum-be the seesaw
- Be the pole-be the trapeze
- Be the ropes course- be the zipline
In all nature, in all things manmade—there is presence and there is flow.
There is balance in all things.
In this New Year—take time to sit still, take time to move forward.
In this New Year—be present and be here and plan your life for transformation and growth.
In this New Year—celebrate the OLD you as you create the NEW you.
Enjoy and reach new heights and satisfaction!