A Focus To Help in The New Year

 

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We have ushered in the New Year…now we need to find ways to navigate and manage the uncertainty, confusion, and apprehension that 2016 left behind. As expected, the New Year began with a great deal of negativity and terrible happenings. And no matter where you stand on world or political matters, it will be a bumpy ride through the next few weeks and beyond. So…what can we do to keep from feeling hopeless, despondent, or uncertain about our own lives and future?

I have a suggestion…and I hope it helps. My daughter and I have done this and work it every day. It makes a difference that keeps growing into wonderful things day by day. So, here it is…

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We have all heard of and probably have written a “Bucket List”. That list of things we have always wanted to do, like sky diving or mountain climbing or traveling…that we put on the list to remind us to take a risk and do cool and crazy stuff before we die.

But…what about while we are living…day to day?

How about a “Daily Bucket List”? On this list are smaller, easier goals or things we want to do that are much more attainable in the moment…but that we forget to do when we are overwhelmed and buried in the muck of life. My daughter and I sat down and wrote a list of 5 things we really need to do for ourselves or we really want to do but haven’t made time or effort to accomplish.

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One of my top 3 is to meditate more. When I keep up with my spiritual work I am better.  And for me, meditation is so important to keeping me balanced and to keep my boundaries set so I am not bothered and overwhelmed by all the “junk” floating around. It helps to keep my mind and heart clear. Another thing on my “Daily Bucket List” is to make time to visit a place I have wanted to for a long time, but never take the time. It is on my “Daily Bucket List” now, and begs to be crossed off.

This “Daily Bucket List” is posted on the wall in my living room so I/we see it every day. It reminds me to focus on my own life and what I need/want to do to make myself happy, fulfilled, and feeling accomplished. Anything can go on this list…little things like cleaning out a drawer or taking a walk or reading a book you have wanted to get to. But things like…say something to make someone smile, or spend more time with a child, or give back to the community in some way…can also go on the list. Save the big things like write that book, or go to Italy, or zipline for the “Big Bucket List”.

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The everyday list is attainable, soul warming, heart filling things to do for yourself or another. And I can tell you…it feels darn good to cross one of those off and add another. Or, for some things, I put a check mark for the day and do it again the next day and check it off again. This really does let us feel that we are focusing on our own life and making it better…one little step at a time…one day at a time. And as you do it, it gains momentum and good feelings emerge and grow day to day as you feel better about yourself and your life.

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It is now…more than ever…so important that we not stop living the life we want and deserve because of the negativity “out there”. Yes…we have to deal with it and will no doubt have to make some adjustments to navigate any changes coming…but that is for “out there”.

“In here”…in our Hearts, Souls, Minds, and Lives…WE still have control over how we live, think, feel, and do. We must never forget this, and in fact, we need now to Focus even more on being our True and Authentic Self and living accordingly and shining our beautiful, healing Light into the world. In order to do that…we need to be taking care of ourselves and our Spirit.

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So give the list a try…and keep that Focus on your Life and Happiness and Light. Share it and Shine it and keep yourself fulfilled so that your Light will Grow and Shine and make a difference in the darkness.

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Take care of yourselves…Love and Be Loved, Be Happy, Hope…and Shine!

Blessings!

A Message for the New Year

 

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Well, here we are, on the brink of closing one year and welcoming a new one. This year, 2016, has been a full year to say the least, a tumultuous one, full of a great many ups and downs. We end 2016 in a bit of confusion and uncertainty. What do we put behind us and let go of? What should we anticipate, look forward to, expect…in the New Year and 2017?

I had been pondering this…and then I heard a song from many years ago by the folk singer Cat Stevens, from such a different time and culture so long past. But the words struck me…hard…as the perfect message to go forward into a New Year…a year that we are all wondering how to feel about.

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The song is titled: “If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out”, Cat Stevens 1972

I recommend listening to it, it has a great melody…but it is the words that will keep you going through the transition into the New Year and beyond it. Because, I want to suggest that we not allow the circumstances we may be facing to keep us from living our own personal authentic lives as we wish…in Happiness, Love, Compassion, and Unity. It can be easy to let the energy and negativity envelop us and lead us to feelings of hopelessness or defeat or thinking that it has to affect us. But it doesn’t…if we don’t allow it.

Here is the first stanza of the song…

“Well, if you want to sing out, sing out
And if you want to be free, be free
‘Cause there’s a million things to be
You know that there are”    Cat Stevens, 1972

So…what if we believe this…and do it? What if we choose to be Free…of anything that isn’t what we want in our own personal space? This isn’t to say we don’t deal with what is going on. It just means we do not allow it to pierce the circle of Love, Happiness, Peace, and Light that we draw around us and our loved ones. Don’t let the negativity get under your skin and win by entering and disturbing your life. YOU have a right to have the life and energy around you that you want, not what is dictated by circumstances that, for now, cannot be changed.

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“Well, if you want to say yes, say yes
And if you want to say no, say no
‘Cause there’s a million ways to go
You know that there are”

“And if you want to be me, be me
And if you want to be you, be you
‘Cause there’s a million things to do
You know that there are”    Cat Stevens, 1972

THERE ARE A MILLION THINGS TO DO, A MILLION WAYS TO BE, SO MANY CHOICES TO FULFILL US AND KEEP US HAPPY AND CONTENT…AS WE SHOULD BE. THIS IS OUR LIFE. THE WAY NEGATIVITY WINS IS IF WE STOP LIVING OUR TRUE AUTHENTIC LIVES BECAUSE OF IT.

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SO BE YOU…AND BE HOW YOU WANT TO BE IN YOUR LIFE…DREAM UP A MILLION DIFFERENT WAYS TO BE HAPPY, DO GOOD, SHINE, AND ENCOURAGE AND HELP OTHERS TO SHINE. LET THIS SONG BE A MANTRA TO REMIND US THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT AND THE POWER TO BE FREE AND MAKE OUR OWN CHOICES ABOUT HOW WE LIVE. IN OUR OWN SPACE, IN OUR OWN LIGHT.

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So if you want to Be Free…

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BLESSINGS AND LOVE TO ALL!