Happy Half Year!
Today is the 182nd day of the year and the first day of the second half of 2013.
Reaching the mid-point of the year may cause heavy sighs and eye rolls for some. Maybe you’re thinking, “Jeez, I started the year with so many things I wanted to do, with so many goals, and I’m not even close to finishing half. Thanks a lot for pointing out my lack of productivity.”
Others may react to the mid-year news like my dog Jazzy an hour before her suppertime: jumping and spinning with “bring it on” anticipation.
For the record, I don’t fall into the latter category. Like many of you, I spend a fair amount of time wallowing in guilt slop for not reaching milestones that I put into place. When I’m not wallowing, I’m taking aspirin for self-inflicted head-slaps.
Throw away your annual list
Let’s do it. All that stuff we intended/desired/imagined doing in 2013, let’s toss it. Or burn it. Or stick it in the shredder. Maybe let the dog eat it.
I’ve spent the last five and a half months trying to reassemble my list after it exploded on January 11, the day I was laid off from my national non-profit job. Don’t get me wrong, most days I’m gleeful and satisfied with self-employment. But there have also been many, many days since January 11 spent worrying and fretting and gnashing my teeth.
My career is definitely not where I imagined it would be; thankfully, my heart is where I’ve always wanted it to be so my career is transitioning into its natural place. I’m comfortable now dumping that big list. I’m much more interested in being here now and going with the flow of life.
Create a new or different picture
You have a blank page, a do-over of January 1. Now it’s July 1 and you get to look at this year with refreshed senses.
Pretend you have a brand new box of colored pencils. The old list is gone; your task now is to begin to sketch the ending of 2013.
The only rule is you can’t use numbers or bullet points. Instead, use your colors to create the montage of how the remainder of the year feels to you. Focus on what makes you feel good right now.
Do you enjoy the sun warming your face? How about the tingling sensation on your skin when you dive into a summertime pool?
Maybe you feel the bursting pride of watching your children building blanket forts on a lazy no-school morning? Or feel the thrill of a ball cracking against a bat and sailing high and deep over the outfield fence?
All these things won’t earn a huge paycheck for you or advance your career. You won’t win a prestigious award, the lottery or an engraved watch.
But capturing the colors of your world right now will fill you with an intimate sense of delight. You’ll feel yourself smiling while no one is watching. Like the Grinch looking down on Whoville, your heart will grow in proportion to your hues of gratitude.
Happy Half Year! My prayer is that when December 31st rolls around, you’ll look again at your colorful creation and feel satisfaction in knowing you captured the essence of all that is truly you, one beautiful day at a time.
Photo courtesy of mconnors