Another year has blossomed, and I am once again reminded of how fast life moves, how quickly it can get away from you if you aren’t paying attention. And really, how quickly it gets away from you even if you are paying attention. So here I am, at the dawn of 2011. It sounds so far in the future. But it’s so now.
What it is about a new year that makes us all attempt to cut the crap, mind our p’s and q’s, and toe the line. Why don’t we do that all the time? What is it about January 1 that makes us think we are super-human enough that we can create habits that are good for us, resist evil temptations, and be the person we want to be? As I think about this, I realize that I know the answer in a deeper place, a place that I know through my yoga and spirituality. The answer is that it’s not super-human at all; it is simple and natural and a part of the grander scale. It’s a renewal of energy on such a basic level that we are all inclined to participate and be a part of this new wave of energy. It’s a beautiful thing, to see people who aren’t normally inclined towards spirit and metaphysics, tap into this energy force and be encouraged to turn over a new leaf. And that’s what the New Year is- a renewal of energy, a time to start anew.
And now that I look at the New Year in this metaphysical light, I realize how special it is. It’s not about the champagne, the dropping of the ball, the fireworks. It’s about new energy, about looking back only to move forward. As I look back over the past year of my life, I realize that I have done a pretty good job at being the person I am supposed to be, from a “get it done” standpoint. Heck, I coordinate and successfully executed a move across the country, on personal and business fronts. It was a task that seemed daunting and un-accomplish-able, even up until the last minute. Even while we were doing it. With the amount of stuff that needed organizing, packing, unpacking, and re-organizing, it could have taken decades. But I got it done (for the most part).
There are lots of other things that I checked off my list this year that I feel proud about accomplishing and tackling, but I won’t bore you with the details.
But I realize as I reflect on the past year, that there are a lot of “me” oriented tasks that have fallen to the wayside. I tend to get caught up in all of the things that need doing, and I forget how important the personal side of life can be. I know, but I choose to ignore, how inter-related all of this is. That if I don’t rest enough, I am not performing at my best. That new ideas don’t come out of a vacuum. That resting is nurturing. That spending time with friends and family is like feeding the soul. I forget- or maybe I need to re-learn- how important it is to sit down and read a book, to have a romantic dinner, to get a massage, to have a chat with a good friend on the phone, to take a day off, to write in a journal, to have creative play-time, to give of myself to others less-fortunate, to dream, to just sit and be quiet. To stop and smell the roses. I’m like that inchworm that Hans Christian Anderson wrote about, “inchworm, inchworm, measuring the marigolds. Seems to me you’d stop and see how beautiful they are.” I am measuring away, and I don’t have the time to stop and see how beautiful my life is. And it’s funny, because I consider myself to be a fairly in-tune person. I think I am pretty well connected to my spiritual, yogi side. But then I stop and think how much richer my life could be if I were to give myself more time for these things; that they really do matter.
And so as I move into this New Year, I resolve to take more time for me. I will stop and smell the roses more often. I will relish in the beauty of the quiet moments, and stop more often to see how beautiful life is.
Wishing you all a bountiful 2011, with time for all that you hope to accomplish, resources to make your dreams come true, and a desire to make your world a better place.