For 2015 I chose three words as my guiding focus for the year – these were creativity, contentment and compassion. I gave a detailed reflection half-way through the year.
Not much has changed since then and I think it’s because I really have tried to live my life like that. When I decided on those words I was very ill and I am convinced that focusing on them has helped me to be much better again. Between them they have created a strong enviornment for both healing and living well.
I truly believe that we are always striving and looking to achieve and this isn’t great for our health and well being and it certainly isn’t good for our souls.
I have now finished work for the year and I am having a good long break through to the 4th of January. This means that I have started my reflection on the year and looking forward to the next.
Living well continues to be a strong focus for me, this includes managing my health, but it is oh so much more than that. It means to live as well as I can as me. Finding who and where Me* is of course is difficult. It is hard to unpeel Me from people’s expectionations of Me, my expectations of Me, what society expects, etc etc.
I am a deeply introverted person and I spend a great deal of time reflecting, journalling, praying, meditating etc etc. All in an attempt to get to the authentic Me. I don’t believe it is selfish to want to be the best Me that I can. If we were all living according to our true selves then I think the world would be a much happier place.
Focusing on compassion, contentment and creativity has allowed me to step closer to Me. I don’t think I am there yet. But I certainly aim to keep walking in the way of these things.
I haven’t decided on my word/s for next year, I may focus on what it is that I want to feel again: like a writer, a seeker, a creative freelancer, healthy, divinely connected. There will be a few goals that come out of that, but how I want to feel will shape my days, how I will spend my time. I’m not going to feel divinely connected by spending hours arsing around on the internet wasting time; I’m not going to feel healthy if I eat takeaway every day.
Focusing on how I want to feel is more flexible than setting new year’s resolutions, it is a much kinder and positive way of phrasing things. Most new year’s resolutions are don’ts rather than dos. Focusing on positive feelings are definitley a positive way to view the year.
So, that’s it. I’m not working again until the 4th of January, so don’t expect anymore blog posts until then!! I hope you enjoy the holidays with your friends and families.
*Did you get the Dr Who reference? If not, I strongly recommend you catch up with it on iPlayer while you still have a chance.