Hello & happy 2018!!!
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I do love the start of a new year-empty page, blank canvas and the rest of those similar metaphors. I feel energized to tackle the items I did not take care of last month due to my end-of- the-year inevitable slowdown so I could divert my energy to all things holiday. But yesterday I started making my to-do lists again and I am eagerly looking forward to crossing off my completed tasks.
What I do not do, however, is make resolutions. I learned a long time ago that word just sets me up for failure and I had enough of that when I tried to learn geometry in high school. I do better by breaking the year up into four quarters and make a couple of goals to finish by the end of each one. They range from choosing a vacation spot and putting a budget in place for it to listing some unwanted items on ebay to trying a DIY project or new recipe.
I am aware of the recent trend to pick a word to live by in the new year. Way too much of a commitment for me, but if I use the same principal as above and choose a word for each quarter, then I will have four words for the year which is a lot more doable for me.
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My word for the first quarter of 2018 is grace. I consider myself a kind and empathetic person so I usually have no problem showing it to others. Of course, giving it to someone who intentionally hurts me is much harder to do, so I need to work on that. But where I fail over and over again is honoring myself with the same favor. I am so critical, so neglectful, so inpatient and so hard on my psyche that I need to just find a way to finally silence those disparaging, mean and useless voices. I tell other people this but I need to remind myself as well that I am more than enough and that everything will be OK.
To help with this, I am using positive reinforcement. I am going to give myself a song each week with a great message to remind me to show myself that grace. Since I love music so very much, I feel like this is a total win-win. This idea came to me two weeks ago when I was sitting in the Walter Kerr Theater for the Boss’s Broadway show. As usual, his words hit that part of my soul that brings it peace. That whispers to my heart that as long as I hear his voice, I am home. And I belong. In the same world that includes him. And my heart is full again and ready to inhale and keep moving forward. So when he got to this verse, I quietly sang right along with him:
“Blow away the dreams that tear you apart
Blow away the dreams that break your heart
Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted.”
Bruce Springsteen: “The Promised Land“.
What do you do to motivate you?
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Until next time, happy digging!!!