Monday, December 10, 2012

Some Birthday Thoughts

Since it is my birthday, I thought I would include some Deep Thoughts here for your edification.

  1. Birthdays are just another day. But on this day, I feel I set the tone for the coming year. I also feel this way about New Year's Day, so I try to do things I think will bode well for the next 365 days. So today, I worked out (good, right?) and then had breakfast (also good, yes?). With friends. I think this last part is key.
  2. Surround yourself with happy people. (see above)
  3. Set goals you can accomplish. Next year I want to be grateful, to be happy, to enjoy life and appreciate my friends. I also would like to be injury & pain free.
  4. Try to see the good in the bad. I wasn't fond of 2012. But some good things happened. Right? I'm trying to think of them...instead of saying "I had to have surgery in July!" I say, "there were 11 months in 2012 in which I did not have to have surgery." Hurray!
  5. My body is telling me not to do things that are bad for me anyway. I'm going to listen to my body.
  6. But still, I'm going to enjoy life by partaking of wine, chocolate, etc in moderate amounts.
  7. Do more yoga. (this is always a good idea)
  8. Meditate, even if your meditation is to stare out the window into the distance (or the neighbor's house, whatever) and to contemplate your existence.
  9. Be in this isness. A good friend of mine once said this, and I have been coming back to it lately as I try to lessen the stress in my life.
  10. A corollary of number 9 is this gem: Lean into the pain. I saw this on a TED talk. I'm not even sure what the topic of the TED talk was. But I think of this when I am stressing out, or when I'm fighting with Son. Sometimes, the pain or stress comes from the resistance. If you relax, then sometimes the pain goes away. This is what I've found.
I hope these small thoughts help you as you navigate this (sometimes) difficult season. The point of holidays is not to buy stuff or to stress out, but to take a moment to appreciate what we have, and to enjoy the people in our lives. 


Lisa B. said...

These are so good. I think about the new year this way--and I think the darkest part of the year is a good time for it. Happy birthday to you! You're one of the good ones.

Nik said...

I am happy. Surround yourself with me! (I miss you. Can you tell?)
And you're kicking my butt on the granting of Lisa B.'s Christmas wish!

Stephanie said...

I'm late here, but Happy Birthday! I like the idea of using this day to set a tone for the coming year. You have a great list of goals there, my friend. I wish you much peach and joy as you pursue them!