A Dose of Perspective

I am originally from Denver, Colorado and one of my favorite childhood memories was waking before other members of my family so that I could make the first snow tracks in our yard.

As I look at closing a year and opening a new adventure I often write a personal journal including:

  • 5 key lessons the year taught me
  • 5 skills I hope to gain more mastery in on the new year
  • 5 goals for the new year (1 per category: health, economic, spiritual, relationship & professional)

Whatever your practice ~ write something down in a place you can later reference as our evolution relies on discipline and iterative loops.

I wish you clarity, confidence, and compassion for 2014.

Oh, yes – this message would not be complete without a song, a poem, and a dose of perspective.

Onward . . .

These are the times of our lives . . .
Paul Van Dyk – Time of Our Lives

What to Remember When Waking
By David Whyte

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,
coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.

What you can plan is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough
for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth,
you are not an accident amidst other accidents
you were invited from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window
toward the mountain presence of everything that can be
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life you can imagine for yourself?
In the open and lovely white page on the writing desk?

—David Whyte


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