It’s coming quickly, the end of the year, and I keep surfing between thoughts of this year and the next. What did I accomplish? What fell through the cracks? What do I want the coming year to be like? What do I want my focus to be?
I bring little routines and rituals into my days in an attempt to tack down time. It feels like it is moving so fast. So much action is packed into the next couple of weeks for me. My husband and I just made a whirlwind trip to his hometown for a funeral, quickly visited with family, and rushed back to work. This weekend we will make the same trip to fit a holiday visit in with his family, then back for work. There is the shopping for home and holidays, handmade gifts, parties with friends, and more family….all the while tending to the everyday business of life. You know the drill, I bet this story could be yours.
The tacking down of time is a trick we humans use to give meaning to life. When I write about Creativity Tribe, I often say one of my main intentions is to bring meaning and magic to our lives. That could just sound like a lofty cliche, but for me it is so much more. Bringing meaning to life allows me to give added value to my experiences. Magic is my way of talking about my belief that much of life is created by our actions, thoughts, intentions, and imagination. Both these ideas express that we are not just victims to a life that happens out of our control. Even when something happens that is not our choice, like death, disease, a break up or the like, we have a choice about how it affects us, how deal with it, what it means to us, and how quickly we let go of it and move on. These two ideas work together to help us frame moments and movements in our lives.
Life itself is one continuous, every evolving experience. We don’t get breaks. We don’t get a vacation from it. It keeps coming at us, second by second. As humans though, we attempt to stop the merry-go-round to stay with a particular event and sometimes even imagine some experiences follow us throughout our lifetimes. Take for example how I changed my story to change my life, disconnecting from the belief that I would die at 45 as my mother and grandfather had. That is a sticky event that was carried two generations after my grandfather died. I gave that belief to myself, just as my mother gave it to herself. I assigned that meaning to my life. And when it no longer suited me, I chose to shift to a new belief. Instead of feeling a overwhelming dread about life quickly moving me towards 45, I have feel joyous and relieved….magic!
As we transition from 2012 to 2013, I am tending to some of the tacks I put in place last year and readying the tacks I wish to use for the coming year. More about that tomorrow!