In my November blog I spoke about closing the year out strong before welcoming an “amazing” 2019. Taking time to review the past 12 months, what worked, what didn’t, acknowledging the successes and what you want to let go of. Literally crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s on what has been an intense year. That has been true not just in this country but across the globe. We were challenged on many levels. At times it felt like being in a barrel, wondering which way was up. But at the same time, there was (and is) a lot of good happening on the planet. Ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things. People reaching out, connecting, making a difference. Consciousness is changing, awareness is growing that what we do and say as individuals does make a difference, that there is power in the collective. Perhaps 2019 needs to be our year of not getting sucked into the negative spiral but focussing instead on making our lives meaningful and purpose-filled, and, by extension, taking that into the space around us.
One thing I know for sure, intention is everything. As we head into the last couple of weeks of 2018 I promised to share with you a process that I have been doing for a number of years now, which I do to set myself up for the coming year.
On the 31st December I find a quiet space at home with blank paper and pen. Usually accompanied by a glass of chilled bubbly (it is New Year after all!) Light a candle. The first thing I do is think about what theme I want for the coming year and what my word will be. Then I write myself a letter dated 31st December the following year. So this year’s letter will be dated 31st December 2019. It’s a letter to myself and it’s all about what I have achieved in that year. Now if you think this sounds completely crackpot, let me tell you a story…..
On the 31st December 2016 I chose the word “Stillness” for 2017. Around it I wrote the words ‘Observe’, ‘Breathe’, ‘Retreat’, ‘Write’. I wanted less doing and more being. I wanted to be less busy and be able to opt out of life more. The letter I wrote then, dated 31st December 2017 started out like this:
“Dearest Di. Well this is an interesting letter because let’s face it, it’s been an interesting year. Filled with ‘doing’ it certainly hasn’t been. Filled with deep change – absolutely! Finally, a year purely for you…. A year of observation and stillness. Just as you desired…..I am delighted that you have finally ‘got’ that doing, doing, doing, serves you not at all….Without a doubt 2017 has taken you to a whole new level – creatively, spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally…”
I wrote that letter on the 31st December 2016. Nearly 4 months later on the 24th April 2017 a large farm gate derailed and fell on me, destroying my knee, fracturing my leg and rendering me immobile for almost 6 months. I did indeed receive the Stillness I was craving, albeit in a way I could never have anticipated. (Is the phrase ‘be careful what you ask for’ coming to mind?) I am still gobsmacked every time I re-read it. Never has a letter been so accurate as to what the coming year brought me.
My word for 2018 was Adventure. I then decided to add a caveat to that because adventure can encompass a wide range of experiences, not always pleasant! So I made it ‘consciously creating adventure’. How did the word relate to my year and my letter from my Future Self? Well I will know the answer to that on the 31st December when I open it!
This is a powerful process I have come to love and look forward to as the year winds to a close. As we gear up for the Festive season and all it brings, I invite you to take some time out to think about what YOU want to create for yourself in 2019. Letting go of what’s happened, learning from the experiences, re-setting your course if necessary. And of course not forgetting to celebrate the amazing and unique human being that you are.
May 2019 be all that you want it to be.
May our special town of White River, home of my heart, continue to grow and thrive. It’s up to us.
Happy New Year!