It’s February. Traditionally here in the northeast part of the United States, it’s frigid, blustery and white. The sun only shines when it wants to. The ground is hard. The ice creeps up at whim,
This is also the time of year spent on reflection. Reflection of our lives. Reflection on our careers. Even, reflection on where we live, what we do for a living or how our health relates to our inner and outer understanding of the world.
When we synchronize our whole person approach to life, we live in harmony with our higher levels of contentment, happiness, peace. When we approach every decision from a place of ‘gut feelings’ mixed with a healthy dose of ‘intellect’; ‘higher power’; ‘fiscal reality’ and sense of purpose for all that we do, we will live a happier, more focused life.
Of course, we can’t always see where we’re going. We don’t want to. Part of being human is knowing that there will be roadblocks. There are going to be events that cause us to simply stop breathing because of a difficult moment. The trick is, to breath through the pain of change and keep moving forward.
What does that mean in practical measures?
Each day that we wake up is the best moment to begin synchronizing our whole person approach to living.
Audrey Hepburn once said, “Remember, whenever you need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.”
When we live in a conscious state of awareness and in a free world, we choose how each day is lived. We decide what we eat, when we sleep, how much we move, how we talk to people and how we allow others to talk to us.
None of it is easy at first, if there’s a shift in these choices. There may even be a risk of losing the toxic people, places and things from our lives. Trust that we need to lose those toxic things in order to invite healthier experiences into our lives.
Nobody and nothing can take a first step toward a well-lived life for us. We must learn to do it ourselves. We can choose to be stuck (sometimes, it’s more comfortable to stay unhappy). We can choose to take that terrifying step toward becoming unstuck.
How? Walk away. Don’t fight back. Don’t try to change the opinions or actions of others. Simply change the opinions and actions of ourselves. They may hate. They will always be that. However, we can choose to not accept it. Walk away.
Have you ever seen synchronized swimmers? They practice. A lot. Daily. With the team that they trust. With the love of the sport. With a determination to perfect the dance. Life is like that.
Know that in order to have clarity, it will take practice, daily attentiveness, determination, so of course, a clear vision of what you want to achieve, and a love for what you want. Then, put that into action. Not simple. Not easy. But, worth it.