Happy New Year! On this first day of 2014, I recommitted myself to the practice of doing at least one thing each and every day to make a positive difference in my life and in the lives of others. This first day of the new year also marks my last day of vacation, so, I set out to make the most of it, and I would like to think that I succeeded in what I said, did, and thought.
Sadly, this year began with the news that a very dear friend of mine received the dreaded news that the cancer that invaded her body 18 months ago has returned. As I read her update, I found myself feeling shocked and saddened, and I immediately felt helpless. Unfortunately, we no longer live in the same state, so, I cannot physically be there for her right now. So, I did what she asked her family and friends to do for her. I prayed. I prayed for her full and speedy recovery and for her to be cancer-free once and for all. Enough is enough. I prayed her husband, children, family, and friends find a way to support her and ourselves during this latest challenge. I prayed for her medical team to find the right treatment plan to kick cancer’s ass to the curb for good this time. I prayed hard, and I will continue to pray often. I also sent her a message to let her know that she remains in my heart, thoughts, and prayers and to tell her I love her.
For myself, I engaged in the practices that bring me a sense of joy and peace, and they definitely began this year on a positive note. I cleared away the remnants of 2013 by smudging myself and my home with sage to begin my day. This spiritual practice is sacred to me, and it carried particular significance to usher in the goodness and light that I want to experience this year and always. I went for a trail run on an insanely beautiful Kentucky afternoon. Much to my delight, the trails were covered in mud, making it a sloppy run. Yep; I am a mudder! As I ran on the trails, I came upon a young couple walking on the trails, and the young man held the young woman’s hand to steady her on the slippery path. While I look forward to having someone hold my hand, literally and figuratively, when I face difficulties, I took pride in digging in and flying past them unassisted, with nary a bobble. Sometimes, when left to my own devices, I manage to do well all on my own. I finished my goals and intentions for the new year. While I do this every year, this year, I did so using Danielle LaPorte’s “Desire Map” book, and it helped me to focus on how I want to feel and what I need to do to experience the core emotions I identified as being important to me.
So, the new year is underway, and I am looking forward to everything that it will bring, both the expected and unexpected opportunities and challenges. I hope that your 2014 is off to a wonderful start and that this is the year you want it to be.
Just one thing each day . . .
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