It’s the beginning of April. 1/4th of our 2016 has passed. How have you been living this year so far? Have you been achieving the things you set out to do?
I was never one for making yearly goals but since doing so was such a transformative experience in 2015, I set out to do the same thing this year. In fact, I even decided to name my year! Last year was called “New Beginnings,” which it really turned out to be in so many ways! And this year I have titled “Breakthrough”. So far, my 2016 has brought some breakthroughs, some hardships, and some things that I still need to improve. Some goals are being met and some need a little more attention. I am learning how to evaluate myself in a neutral way without being too hard or judgmental towards myself- just taking an inventory of where I’ve been, where I am and where I’d like to go. This helps me to improve my use of the precious time this life has given to me. Again, all new things to me. In that way, it really is a year of breakthroughs!
So, let’s have courage to evaluate ourselves honestly and lovingly! I’m sure we will have an even more fulfilling year if we do so!
I found one poem from Mahn Whol Dae Sunsa Nim (Jeongeun Son) that I thought was perfect for my Breakthrough year. She writes so simply and sweetly, it always lightens my heart to read her things. I was planning on posting some of my heavy adoption thoughts today (since I have my head in two books these days and have been processing a lot!) but for today it was resonating much more to greet you lightly and with hope.
Cheers to a bright year!
Starting today, I’m going to be a courageous soul.
Without fear, like the rising sun
Without making a sound, like the shining moon.
Just like that
I’m going to live as a courageous soul.
I won’t be surprised even when the world changes.
I will love everyone
Even when I am given the most difficult challenges
I’m going to accept them as a courageous soul.
I am alive,
I am living with courage
I am proud of myself.
And I won’t forget why I am living as a courageous soul
until the day I die.