For the last five years or so I’ve chosen one word to represent my focus for the year. This is no easy endeavor, as you can imagine. It’s kind of like setting your intention at the beginning of yoga class, but much more daunting. Sometimes it takes me weeks to figure out what my one word for the year will be, but usually I have it figured out by the end of February. It’s now June, which marks the half point of the year and serves as a good checkpoint to see how it’s going. Using this word, am I getting the focus I need? Is it helping me live into my mission?
This year for my word I chose Embrace. I suppose when I chose it, I had a different view on what I might be embracing this year. For some reason, I thought 2018 would bring more of what I wanted to happen and I was so willing and ready to embrace all that good stuff! But we don’t get to choose what happens to us and we are not in control of things. When this happens it’s so easy to fall into self-pity and do the oh-poor-me thing. But I look around and see I am surrounded by people embracing life, its ups and downs, with grace and resilience. I think to myself, I need to follow suit.
There is a West African saying that each of us is born with a cargo to deliver. And so it struck me the other day that I got it backwards. I’ve been waiting around for cargo to be delivered to me. That’s probably not how it’s supposed to work. But thankfully there are still 6 more months in the year, there is still time. And so, I will deliver my cargo and embrace whatever comes my way.
#embrace #mindfulness #peace #calmismysuperpower