Stages. Scenes. Moments. Turning points. Ah-has. Realizations. Lessons. Soulmates. Soul shifts. Soul searching. New friends. Old friends. Life begins. Life ends. Clock ticks. Seconds, days, decades. Sun rises on the beach. Sunsets over the bonfire. Marshmallows roasted. Speeches toasted. New love created. Regeneration.
Life is a series of focused shifts. Each day, each season, brings into and out of focus the stepping stones needed to move to the next phase. Your next phase. Often the end of one year and the beginning of the next, brings an excitement of new beginnings. A new chance. A new promise. For years, I felt this same way. Yet now, the perspective I find most resonates with me is one that doesn’t close a chapter to start a new one, but continues the last and uses its findings, lessons and knowledge to build on the future. It’s not goodbye 2017, hello 2018! It’s more along the lines of taking 2017 with you in your toolkit and using these hard earned tools to help you with your assignments to come.
Focused shifts. As we journey through this lifetime, we tend to focus in on what matters most to us in that glimpse. Whether it be family, career, pets, community, climbing Mount Everest or running your first marathon. We tend to give whatever is at the top of our list our razor sharp focus. It’s this focus that gives us purpose and makes us fulfilled. Yet, when life becomes too full of individual focuses, everything falls into a large blurr. No one thing takes precedence, and this causes dis-ease. You lose focus. If you spent most of your year with a purposeful focus on something, you are more likely to end your year feeling fulfilled, uplifted and hopeful of what is to come. Regardless of the actual outcome of what you put your energy into.
So allow your focus to be fluid, yet sharp! Find that thing that lights you up, make it your focus. Plan on it, create big ideas around it and etch lofty goals into stone. Then if your endpoint changes. GO WITH IT! As long as you are forging forward and not going back. Feel the flame inside of you grow and light your way. You may not have an exact idea of where you are headed but know why you’re traveling and what you are hoping to find when you get there. Don’t let rigidity to what you thought you wanted or needed, keep you small. The whole point of a journey is to find something bigger and better than what you imagined. Make big, gutsy moves. Do the scary thing. Do the things no one else wants to do. And be open to the energy that takes you there. Find time to be quiet and still. Listen to your guidance and trust you gut. Even when it doesn’t make sense. It’s usually the stuff that doesn’t make sense that reaps the biggest blessing. Let life be a series of focused shifts. Don’t judge it, even if others judge you. Be agile. Allow the process to unfold. Trust in divine timing. The universe’s ways are not our ways, and often have a better path laid out for us than one we could come up with on our own. We must simply have the courage, determination and fortitude to take it.
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
– The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Happy New Year
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