Into the stillness we wander, there, under the light of the moon we find joy, happiness and delight; the world calm at our feet. All we must do is dance.
A sight, a sound and a smell can take me right back into moments I lived this year. The nostalgia sits ready on my extremities for reliving. 12 months lived me moments that continue to be worlds beyond what I had known or expected.
Ideas that were helpful to me:
- Unconditional Love
- Chardi Kala [In High Spirits]
- “It’s tough, but it’s fair” JW Baker
- Everyone is on their own journey
- What’s for you will find you. What’s not for you will pass you by.
- “Service is the rent you pay to live on Gods green earth.” Frances Hesselbein
- “I’m not in jail, the hospital or below ground. It’s a good day.” JW Baker
I could not have expected the gifts received in 2019: laughter, friendship and love.
My first moments of 2019 were with an Antarctica Sunset–I finished my goal of 7 continents. The next days saw me on long solo hikes in Argentinian, Patagonia–perfect for aligning myself. Following, I enjoyed an opportunity to speak in Espanol! to a group of Paraguayan Leaders & Entrepreneurs on Product Management, then to visit with the Innovation Team of the Paraguayan President in Paraguay’s “White House.”
And a few days later my friends got me into Brazil without a visa and I enjoyed a beautiful countryside lunch in Brazil and spent time at the Iguazu Waterfalls.
All that happened in January. [nuts! Whoa!?]
I am grateful for January. It bookended another set of adventures:
- building a start-up
- moving into New York City’s Lower East Side
- loving with intention, daily
Along the way I had these observations
Life is a wonderful thing should we choose to live it with wonder. Something I admire about this year is the quality of finding wonder in everything–it is the most beautiful way to live life. It is both eager to find the silver lining and stubbornly optimistic though fueled with pragmatism and a ‘how can we make this seemingly impossible thing, work’ attitude.
Some challenges are a mile high and two miles wide–see them as opportunities.
Life is long. Live it well and above all, live it in the driver’s seat. Do what makes you happy and find ways to bring others into that joy.
The journey there can be arduous or simple — in all cases, the journey to cultivating what you’ll live for is one that must be traveled alone. It is a beautiful thing to recognize what you want to include and what you do not. Live into that boldly.
This year particularly underlined the value of celebrating and valuing the importance of those things that give me a feeling of completeness: who I am, how I show up and what support I can offer those I love. Our culture has an obsession with power, position and prestige–you get to choose the stick you measure yourself by. Even if it is those 3 P’s, make it an active decision. You will be glad you did.
I appreciate 2019 for exactly what it was. I am thankful for all of it.
Thinking about 2020
How do I want to feel? Calm
Who do I want to serve? Ambitious underserved people
What do I want more of in my life? Moments of honest connection
What do I deeply desire? Stillness
What is the kindest thing I can do for myself? Travel often
What would I do differently if I truly loved myself? Spend more time alone
What changes can guide me to feel the way I want to feel? Sleep Earlier
Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. – My Grandpa/Old Indian saying
It is not up to destiny. It is up to us. Go’on and get yours.
Thank you for being along for the adventure. How can I serve you?
On the last day of every year I visit the year behind me and set intentions for the year ahead of me. These aren’t resolutions–they’re intentions and alignment. Visit older posts: 2018, 2017, 2016 ,2015, 2014 , 2013