The holiday season has officially descended, and it’s time for this blogger to recharge and refresh. This will be my last post this year, but I’ll be back early in 2013. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for reading and for all your support this year – I truly appreciate it more than words can express.
For my good-bye 2012 post, I want to share with you an insight that took me an entire year to start to get a handle on. At the end of each month, I lay out goals for the month ahead and assess the previous month’s goals. One of my personal goals every month this year was as follows: “Live with purpose.”
Every day I read this and tried to internalize it, but at the end of each month, I didn’t feel any closer to understanding what this really meant. But lo and behold, something finally clicked when I was on my yoga mat last week: living a life of purpose doesn’t necessarily mean being all things to all people or achieving every single goal you set for yourself or even loving every minute and finding passion in everything.
To live a life of purpose, one must simply be present in every moment. You have to live the life you have right now, today – not relive the past or constantly wait for your life to “really start.”
We need to be grateful. Work hard. Laugh often. Celebrate the small stuff. Take care of ourselves, no matter how busy we are. Give of ourselves. Love – ourselves and others.
Even if you are doing a task you don’t particularly enjoy, see it for what it’s worth – acknowledge its purpose in your life. And if you can’t find a good reason for doing it, maybe you shouldn’t be.
Maybe this doesn’t make sense. I still struggle with this concept – but when I take each moment, each conversation, each task, each relationship for what it’s worth, I’m happier. Lighter.
I wish you all a wonderful holiday season. I can’t wait to connect with you all in the new year.
Song of the week: “Atlas Hands” – Benjamin Francis Leftwich