I’m still in Maui, but have been spending each morning at the gym listening to inspirational audio lessons from teachers I respect. Today I was reflecting on an email I received from a cousin in Colorado this week, who was moved by watching the “24 Hour Power Thought Challenge,” I posted on the site last Sunday. She was moved not to change thoughts regarding someone in her immediate family or a friend, but regarding thoughts and feelings she was having towards me. In truth, she was pissed, hurt and felt neglected. And guess what? The reasons she cited for feeling hurt were rational, accurate and completely true. I had neglected to call her when her mother was ill and then when she ultimately died in September I didn’t send a card. I had been aware her family was going through this tragic loss from other family members, yet because she lives in another state, we don’t communicate regularly and I was in the midst of my life, I completely ignored or put off the small voice in my head that occasionally reminded me to write or call her.
I made a mistake.
Ugh. I’m supposed to be better than this. How could I have done such a thoughtless thing? And then I began to think further. What other mistakes have I made this year? And more importantly, how can I change these behaviors and begin to let those mistakes take me to a higher place of being in 2010? In fact, I realize, these mistakes are opportunities to grow, become a better person. I can become more compassionate. Learn to stop ignoring the small voice. I can change, shift, transform, and learn.
I have been keeping a journal while I’ve been here containing thoughts and ideas for 2010. Things I want to do. Places I want to go, and goals I would like to achieve. And as a result, I have decided to become a better at communicating with family. I am going to send more notes. I am going to forgive myself for mistakes made, and put writing condolence and thank you notes higher on “my list” to do list. I am going to send birthday greetings, and send more gifts. I am going to practice what I teach — make my words and actions match.
What is on your list? Take out a small notebook or journal this week and use it to play. Become creative. Imagine and dream.Use markers. Type it. Pull images from google. Or simply put colors on the page. Express your self. How will you change this year? Where will you grow? These are not “resolutions,” per se. Instead, they are ways in which your actions can better reflect your values in 2010. They are actions you can begin to take which will help you become more fulfilled, happy, joyous and compassionate; Simple strategies to create the life you love.
Mine is a hero’s journey; I will not be a victim to mistakes, negative thinking or circumstance. I will use these mistakes to take heroic leaps forward into my becoming.
Join me. It will be a fantastic ride.