It’s the first of June (sort of), and a chance for me to review the first six months of 2016. I keep a couple of journals, and in one, which I start at the beginning of each year, is my intention setting journal. It’s where I explore how I did the prior year, what I completed and what I didn’t complete. Then after much writing and pondering I put together my intentions for the year.
This year I had several categories, my connection to the Divine (always the first item on my list), my relationship to myself, my family and relationships, my work, a special project, money, house (sacred space), play and travel. I spent time, over several weeks, pondering what I wanted for myself in each of these areas, and how I hoped they would unfold over the course of the year.
I try to at least take a look and check in with my list monthly. I journal about my successes, challenges, experiences and observations. The other thing, of course, I look to check off and complete items on my list….isn’t that what you are supposed to do with To Do lists?
This morning, after reviewing my goals and intentions I had a fortuitous encounter with one of my mentors. We were discussing the many and varied (and overwhelming) pieces of my life. My old pattern is to plan, organize, make lists and check off the list. She suggested the possibility that perhaps I could let go of my old pattern, and be open to just allowing all the myriad pieces of my life to unfold….Wow! What a concept. I have to say, it’s a new lens to look at life, to be with what is, and allow it and me just to BE, without an an agenda or a goal at the end. I’ve never had a mid year review quite like this, permission to not check off the list, but rather, just allow my life to unfold. It’s quite a new way to view my life….I have to say, I like it.
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