Word to the New Year

Every December - around my birthday - I take my yearly inventory. I look back with gratitude for the blessings in my life. I take stock of the goals I’ve reached, the ones I’ve not and those I’ve let go. I remember that serenity and daring inhabit my being.

This is the first time I can ever remember being ver clempt to see a year come to a close - not that they’ve all been bad, this one was exceptionally satisfactory.

This past year was me moving from my 40th decade into my 50th decade. I moved in with intention, grace and gratitude. I packed only what I need - OK, a few discretionary items - to fit neatly under the seat in front of me or to be carried in a soft pack far and wide on the trail. I brought along the essentials - friends and family, strength and sustenance for the journey. I left some unwanted and not needed trappings behind.

I don’t know why, I just know I’m looking forward to 50 - maybe not 51, but yes, 50. I’m in awe of life. I made it this far in one piece. I’m still of sound mind, body, heart and soul.

The thing is - I’m so content - I have no serious plans for 2014, which brings me to my mantra for the year. Nudge. I want to gently coax my way into the next decade. In my contentedness, I see I don’t need any big changes to my life. I don’t need or have a desire to start something new for 2014. I’m going to nurture what is already growing. I’m going to cultivate what I already am doing.

I’m going to focus on my measuring stick of progress and success because mine is the only one that will work for me. If I use someone else’s measuring stick, I’ll fall short, come up lacking, overshoot, miss the target - you get the picture.

I’m wanting to create - what I’m not quite sure - but somehow I don’t think that’s important just yet. That will come somewhere between the clarity and craziness that is life.

I’m going to become my own prime minister of nudges. I’m going to nudge myself in the direction I most want to go - my authentic self. I’m excited with the possibilities.

How about you? I’d love to hear about your plans for the blank page that is the New Year.

My wish for you is that you are nudged closer to your authentic self in 2014.