It’s become a common practice at the beginning of a new year to re-evaluate where we’ve been and set our sights on the upcoming twelve months. My forward focus is always the same, how to make the world a better place, but as the saying goes, the devil is in the details, and that means evaluating just who we are on the inside, what makes us tick, or tock, and think about how we might change our behaviour.
Beyond my own soul searching (damn I need to be far more focused and productive!) I spent some time looking at what others were posting with regards to their plans for 2012 and encountered two quotes that I’ve taken to heart on day one of 2012.
The first quote comes from the renowned writer, muse, catalyst and force of nature Shanna Trenholm. Instead of turning your life into a checklist, which is how we most often set goal and priorities, Shanna proposes that we give ourselves the latitude to go where life takes us and evolve in the process.
“Your life is not a friggin’ to-do list of tasks and goals. Your life at its most rich and rewarding is an organic journey, an opportunity to nurture your whims, a path without a destination to travel. In fact, life lived as it unfolds–without so damn much exertion–is a life to consider, and one that I suggest you try. Instead of striving for resolution, I propose evolution. Resolve to evolve. Be, rather than do.” ? Shanna Trenholm’s blog post on Resolution: Evolution
“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed.” ? Terence McKenna
After reading Shanna’s article my immediate reaction was, “that takes courage”, so I had to smile at the serendipity of discovering this quote. How often have you come up with an idea that was quickly discarded as being unrealistic, impossible, or fraught with obstacles? Knowing there’s a feather bed at the bottom of the abyss, instead of a pile of rocks, has a way of minimizing perceived obstacles .
As Global Patriots, how will you change (on the inside) during 2012?