Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year's - Looking Back

Image: Pedja Mi.
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 practising 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!

4 comments:

  1. Happy New Year, Marianna!

    Loved your Stop, Start. Continue Exercise Last year, so thanks for the reminder.

    Carol

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  2. I have no doubts whatsoever in my mind that I have had a very good life. Till three years ago, I had one overriding wish, which has been granted to me and now, I have nothing left to achieve or obtain and when the time comes, I will be indeed willing and ready to go cheerfully.

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  3. Love this post! Wish more people would be proactive about creating a "good" life they can look back at with peace and joy. The world would be a better place if we each took this project on for ourselves!!

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  4. Carol,
    A late Happy New Year to you! Happy Ukrainian Christmas!

    I'm curious, did you do S.S.C. last year?

    Ramana,
    That's wonderful news! Although, speaking selfishly, I hope that the time is many years, hence!

    Carol,
    Welcome! Thanks for your comment.
    The thing that I like to remember is that we can change our history right now ... and now ... and now. :)

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Welcome! I know your life is busy. That's why I appreciate your stopping by to comment.