December is known as “the holidays” while January is “resolution time”. Let’s not forget February, the month that features, Hallmark cards, hearts, chocolate, flowers and love because of Valentine’s Day.
Love is a small four letter word with definitions that can differ from person to person. People throw the word around loosely to express feelings towards their car, clothes, food and the weather. We say we love a pet, friend, spouse, and family but what does that really mean? Words are one thing and expression through actions is another.
Many wise people write and speak of love and compassion. And preface it all with love of self; If we don’t love and accept ourselves as we are, we can’t truly love another.
Do you love yourself? How do you show love to yourself and to another living, breathing animal or person? What about humanity as a whole?
The broad questions are good to think about but can be used to journal, to go beyond initial responses and the swirling first thought response. Try it and see what happens.
The calendar has changed from December to January and a new year is in front of us ready to be lived! It could be an exciting or terrifying time depending how you look at it. A stepping off point of moving out of your comfort zone and making a positive change.
What does each day hold? Standing at the start of a year is when most people make resolutions. They want to make a change, thought about changes, but don’t want to be uncomfortable walking into the land of the unknown.
Moving out of our comfort zone is all about taking an action. Whether it’s going to a movie alone, signing up for a class, refraining from a habit or volunteering, any change from the tried and true opens up a whole new world. A sense of satisfaction and feeling good about ourselves sets in. Any type of change in behavior or attitude deserves a pat on the back no matter how small you think it might be.
Try something new and if you don’t like it, try something else. Be honest with yourself about why you don’t want to continue - don’t allow FEAR to stop you. If fear looms, write about it and talk about it.
Keep in mind that it takes more than one try to learn something and be comfortable. I do my best laughing when I try something new and it usually gives others around me permission to laugh at themselves too.
Do you have a personal plan? Are you brave enough to be under construction?