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Uncovering the Possibilities Beneath the Resolutions

January 11th, 2008 · 2 Comments


No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place

~Zen Saying

just sitting on a beach…

No snowflake ever falls in Brisbane, but that’s not the point.

I’m thinking about the new year. January and an impending holiday does that. I plan to do nothing. Relax. Sit. Enjoy. Unwind. Free the mind.

My inbox has been flooded this past week or two with special offers, courses, teleclasses and advice on how to make 2008 the best year ever. Complete with resolutions, goal setting and plans, plans, plans. There are people who have rewritten, reengineered and reinvented themselves and their businesses, all just in time for the new year.

And I am exhausted by it all.

What about you?

I like to horde January up, to be enjoyed… nurtured… savoured. It’s hot. The kids are on holidays. The sales are on. (hmm, just testing to see if you’re awake). I don’t get a headstart on the year. I get a relaxed start to the year.

I burrow in, clearing out the debris of the past year. Sorting and purging (all the more so this year than ever before, thanks to our renovation efforts). Clearing my mind as I clear my cupboards. Not forcing a change. Not forcing anything, really – it’s just too hot and humid.

For I know that in this way, what I most need in my life will come. Seemingly effortlessly.

The ideas for The Calm Space are all there, brimming up, threatening to overflow the bounds of my mind and my notebooks. But they will keep until I have the time and the clear space in my mind and my life to bring them forth into fruition.

I’ll know when the time is ripe for their plucking. Patience is a learned skill, helped along by the thick, wet air of a Brisbane summer.

A Clearing Space Moment

Are you feeling pressured to ‘get on with business’ or make those changes you’ve been talking about? Do you feel the need to make resolutions, just because the new year is traditionally the time to fix all that is wrong in your life?

Now isn’t necessarily the right time, just because so many people say it is. And, heck, we’ve waited this long… why do you want to put that huge burden on yourself right at the start of a new year?

Question the existence of those things done out of habit or expectation.

To make changes you need space. (Yep, we’re back to clearing space again…)

Maybe you need some time of consolidation. Of reading and relaxing. Of research or daydreaming.

Give yourself permission to take the time you need. Let the world know. Drop out. Sign off. Unsubscribe. Do whatever it takes to clear out that space for the possibilities that are lying in wait for you. We’ll still be here when you get back…

The possibilities are there. Like a snowflake, waiting to drift softly down into your hand when you stand still long enough to receive.

Tags: Getting Still · Noticing Miracles

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MindFul MiMi // Jan 16, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Yes, I need time and space. With two kids (1 month and 19 months) that’s not always easy. I am grateful for the few moments I have when the eldest is in daycare and the youngest asleep. I also feel guilty for doing nothing, reading or surfing the web while I should be playing with my children instead of leaving that up to someone else. Which mom doesn’t get those guilty feelings. But I also see that the eldest does learn a lot and enjoys daycare. I I know that I need the ‘me-time’ to keep me sane.
    The only problem is that I often have such a long list of things do to (things I can only do when on my own, without kids, or with only one to bring along) that the me-time becomes paper-work/shopping/etc time… Oh well, noone is perfect. Anyway, yesterday I had a 1 hours massage and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also enjoyed being able to lie on my belly again :-)

  • 2 karen // Jan 17, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Hello Mimi and welcome back! Congratulations on the safe arrival of your new son.

    The massage sounds wonderful, and I am really impressed that you took that time out for yourself. Having a baby is such a huge life-changing event that we tend to forget ourselves whilst being carer to all. So it seems to me that you’re doing really, really well already!

    [And you're so right, every Mum gets those guilty feelings, it's all about whether we let them take over or recognise them for what they are.]

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