Inspired by Sangi’s Word of the year exercise, I am joining the bandwagon after much hemming and hawing over it over the past couple of years. The idea is that you pick a word that will center you for the year. Have your thoughts and actions work around this premise during the course of the year.
While I strongly believe in baby steps and truly think that baby steps if done consistently over a period of time will yield in monumental results, I have often lacked the discipline to take a habit and stick to it over a period of time. To stay away from distractions. To not let the mind hop from one thought to the other. To not take the easy way out.
Given this context, my word for 2015 will be “Discipline”. I am challenging myself to raise above my weaknesses and temptations and be disciplined. To read more, to write regularly, to eat mindfully, to exercise delignetly, to declutter the house….and the list goes. I think discipline is the magic wand that will help me take there one step at a time. Wish me luck, and do share your word for the year.
As I reflect on the year that has passed, all I can think of is it has rolled by in the blink of an eye. We have been totally drenched in the day to day routine pivoting from work to school to extra activities. We have barely been able to keep our heads above water, chasing one deadline after the other. And in the process of going through the motions, I have learnt:
- About impermanence of things – people move in and move out of our life, time and opportunities are finite, and life can change in an instant. Truly, “Now” is all we have, so embrace it in all its fullness!
- That change is the only constant. Either change happens to you or people around you are changing. No point in resisting change, yet it takes guts to proactively seek out change.
- If something is taking up more mind space than is warranted, then it’s a sign that digging deeper and letting go are in order. As uncomfortable and painful it is in the short-term, it is truly liberating in the long term.
- What peace there is in taking deep breaths…! and I don’t even meditate.
- There is something about being able to detach oneself from a situation, assess it objectively, and not let one’s emotions cloud one’s judgment or reactions.
On that note, I wish you and your family a very Happy 2015. The courage to look deep within. Freedom from mental clutter. The discipline and the will to do what matters most. Contentment in what is. An open mind, a loving heart and a healthy body. I wish you all these and more in the coming year.
It’s the night before Christmas. The 4-year old is tucked in but sleep is elusive. Santa has occupied every bit of the child’s imagination today. “Santa is coming to our house tomorrow”, he has been announcing to anyone and everyone who would lend a ear and spare a minute. Such conviction in that statement I tell you, not a shred of doubt! He has been tracking Santa via google tracker with his brother. The 10-year old has been puttering around signaling double quotes whenever he took the saint’s name. “Please leave two cookies and some milk mama, “Santa” will have them as bedtime snack.” He wanted to be “Santa’s” helper, but the offer came tad late, so may be next year.
On that note, a very merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and yours.