12/30/2017 7:50 AM
This is the time of the year, well approximately 2 days and 16 hours from now, when people examine the year that was and contemplate making changes, addressing issues, repenting, rebuilding and reclaiming the life that may have been waning over the last quarter of 2017.
While it can be wise to take a breath on December 31st or thereabouts and contemplate the year that was, with its milestones, miracles, struggles and losses, it is also not the only moment in our lives, nor in our year when awareness can lead to insight and then onward to action.
Those three ingredients, awareness, insight and action are the most essential factors (in my somewhat humble opinion) to living a more vivid life, a more mindful life and finally, a happier life. Awareness is simply the experience of noticing the world around us whether that world is our kitchen, our significant other or the fact that that nagging pain in our shoulder isn’t going away. Awareness leads us to insight which is, simply put, the act of connecting our observations and behaviors to ourselves, our feelings and our experiences. Once we have become aware of something and have allowed ourselves to have some insight about what might be going on, we can take action.
Taking action is the real challenge because it will likely mean change, even if that change is charging the phone in the kitchen instead of on the nightstand to avoid late night Candy Crush or Twitter. Taking action could look like 3 minutes of meditation every morning before your commute and it definitely means declining to engage in that tired old drama at work. Finally, awareness and insight could just lead to the action step of finding a therapist, someone to talk to about the things that are getting in the way of that vivid, more mindful and happier life.
The bottom line is this, every day is New Year’s Eve, in one way or another. Every day brings the opportunity to be more aware, develop insight and consider taking action to enhance our lives. Don’t wait for the ball to drop on 12/31 or you may risk dropping the ball on your own big, beautiful life.