As I look out my windows into the woods behind my house, I see with amazement the houses that I can only see in winter, once the trees have dropped all their leaves. These people that live in these houses are my neighbors, but, I have no clue who they are or even what they look like. In fact I tend to only think about them when day after day, I see their homes more clearly. Sad, but true.
The winter landscape reminds me that when I don’t see things clearly, it’s because I have too many "leaves on the tree." I am my own worst enemy in a silent war with moving forward. So, I stopped yesterday and took stock of where I want to be, in all areas of my life: my relationships, my health and well-being, my home, my spirituality and my life path at the end of 2015. The end in sight, gives me clarity for moving forward with thoughtful, motivated, directed action. The end in sight is my energy to do whatever I can do to make my heart sing with the all of my life.
You might be asking yourself the same questions.
What do I want to accomplish this year?
What difference can I make in the lives of others?
What kind of friend, partner/spouse or co-worker do I want to be?
Where do I want to grow or what do I want to learn?
The Dalai Lama says that we should go someplace new every year. Does that have to be an actual new geographical place, or can it also be getting a new attitude?
Seeing clearly. Do I need a dust rag, a broom, a shovel or a bulldozer to move things out of the way so that I can see more clearly?
I guess it depends on what needs to be cleared, but, I do know that I am entering into this year with the decision to design what it will be for me, not interested in the default plan, not one bit. So, I think I’ll get out the dust rag, the broom, the shovel. The bulldozer may take some doing.