Don’t you love those life changing “aha” insights? It’s those occasional moments when we really “get it” that lead to the gut wrenching commitments to action that are the catalysts for a truly rich life. Despite the sleepies that accompany winter solstice, it seems that January particularly welcomes such action provoking thoughts with the anticipation of good things to come in the fresh new year.
Here are a few of my favorite epiphanies from life experiences in recent years to consider for 2013:
Give up negativity. Holy cow! This is huge. After reading A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen a few years back, my life changed. Have I stopped complaining? Of course not, but I am certainly more aware of my whining. I totally see the undesirable impact that negativity has on my life when I do allow myself to wallow in it, so I do it much less often.
Write down 5 things for which you are grateful before you sleep each night. Get a pretty journal and add a few inspirations, such as doodles and hearts in your nightly entry, and have blissfully sweet dreams; it’s all good, and even if it’s not, make it a point to see what IS good to invite more.
Accept what is. The Tao phrase “It is what it is” led me to this one several years ago. This awareness invokes instant relief that comes with acceptance of reality. My husband and I resort to it when life throws us challenges. It opens the doorway for Plan B (which may have been the better plan anyway, signaling that the snag may have happened in the first place only to send us on the right course which we were blindly missing!)
If it’s not working, change it. So simple, yet often difficult to see or do. You can’t read the label if you’re inside the bottle. Enough said.
Love your money. Give it attention. Play with it. It’s blissfully sweet. It pays the bills, provides refreshing travels, lays the foundation for many of the most meaningful life experiences and even the “to die for” artisan jewelry (or new car, fabulous handbag, unique artwork, spa day or whatever your personal delight is).
I invite you to add one of these or your own epiphany to your daily awareness for each of the next five months. Write it on your bathroom mirror, on your phone and fridge. It reportedly takes only three weeks to make a new habit. Just think of the life changes we can make in five months!
Please share your own life experiences with these or other epiphanies below; I’d love to hear from you.