Let's face it. It's been a rough year for a lot of us. But for all the losses we've experienced, let's not forget what we've gained. Our minds tend to gravitate toward the most negative experiences. Our survival brains are always scanning for danger so that’s pretty normal. It takes an intentional effort to look at what’s going right. And the more we are looking for the good, the better we are able to see it. So take some time to catalogue the good in your life. It’s there if you look for it.
We can't know what 2017 will bring, but do you know who you will be? Will you be grateful? Will you be present? Will you be engaged in what matters most to you, and quick to drop what doesn't? Will you honor yourself and tend to your needs as though you would someone you loved dearly?
These aren’t resolutions. They’re simply you when you are living your values. We don't need to commit to a year of better habits or self-improvement because we can make a choice to live our values in this moment. In fact, that's the only time we can choose anything! And that’s good news because we can’t see the future. But we can see what is right in front of us, right now.
Your values aren’t way out in the future somewhere. They’re right here, right now. You can always access them in any given circumstance. So acting on your values is not something you need to work up to. You don’t need to improve or get better at anything before you can access them. They are “you” in your purest form.
So this year, maybe don’t try so hard to be something other than who you already are. And if you don’t know who you are, which is more common than you might think, don’t waste any time looking outside of yourself for that knowledge. Get off of Facebook for two minutes and look no further than your own reflection. What matters to you? If no one was around to judge you, how would you like to be? What would you stand for? How do you want to spend your short time here?
That’s you! Go be it. And if you need a friend to guide you back to yourself, we’re here for you. The wisest people in the world are the ones who seek counsel. None of us can see the whole picture. It really helps to get another pair of eyes on it. If you need to talk, don’t waste any more time struggling with the same old problems using the same old strategies. We can help.
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