About a month ago, an eighty-three year old family member and I were discussing her most recent health issues.
"Whatever happens, I've had a good long life," she said.
Sadly, those words were part of the last conversation I had with her. She passed away just before Christmas. I've been thinking about what she said ever since.
You may think this is a strange way to begin a new year, but I hope that her words will inspire you, as they have me.
As 2012 stretches, awakens and gets up, can you say that you've had a good life? If you hesitate to answer in the affirmative, take heart, all is not lost. Each day is a gift for you to do something differently, to learn something new, or to simply enjoy and give thanks for what you have.
What small, incremental and consistent changes can you make to allow you to not only survive, but to thrive?
To help you get clear, you may wish to check out last year's post: A Quick Year Planning Exercise - Stop! Start! Continue...
Health. Finances. Work. Relationships. Recreation. Look at each of these areas separately. Are you able to apply the "good life" statement to it? Perhaps only one area is causing you grief, but it casts shadows over the others, colouring your perspective.
The good thing about perspective is that it can be changed.
How? By learning and practicing stress transformation techniques. These techniques bring about subtle, yet profound changes in many areas of your life.
It's never too late to change the course of your life. What would it feel like to be able to say, "I've had a good life"?
I wish you a Happy New Year - one that is just right for you!