Some year(s) of our lives focus what seems like all of our attention on a major life change to the extent that other meaningful aspects of our lives take a back seat.
You may have completed an education, changed careers, welcomed a child into your family, moved, built a business, married, ended a significant relationship, or a combination of more than one of these major life events.
My inbox has been inundated with prompts to make new goals and create new resolutions for the next 12 months.
I’ve written posts about goal setting and resolutions over the past few years and was reviewing them for my own reminders until I had an epiphany of what I want for myself this new year.
No new resolutions this year.
No new resolutions but a call to action taking.
I rediscovered something that resonated deeply for me as I found myself in the midst of a hobby I’d neglected for a few years.
I’m using 3 words as my New Year’s pledge: Getting Back To.
Several years ago, my husband and I were given bonsai trees as thank you gifts for volunteer work we had completed. I used to pamper these small trees which mean so much to me.
Starting in 2008, we’ve moved 4 times and so did the bonsai.
I’m relieved they survived the long distance moves but I haven’t paid much attention to them besides an occasional feeding, regular watering and attention to the light they needed to survive.
While those attentions are essential to their survival, I hadn’t pruned them in yrs.
You don’t have to be a fan of bonsai to know where I’m going with this post.
I spent part of a recent afternoon picking off the dead leaves, cutting back overgrowth and cutting out the dead branches.
It was a gentle reminder of how much I’ve missed attending to certain aspects of living that make a positive impact on my inner life.
No new resolutions this year but a resolution to important action.
Getting Back To
Is there something you want to return to that fills you up? Is there something that reminds you about your deep need to thrive?
What is it? What words would you use to describe this need?
It doesn’t matter if your words don’t make sense to anyone else.
They’re your words. Your pledge.
Happy Fulfilling New Year!