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New Year, done different?

January 24, 2013

“So let me ask again. Why are you here? Do you want this to be another year that flies by, half-hearted, arid, rootless, barely remembered, dull with dim glimpses of what might have been? Or do you want this to be a year that you savor, for the rest of your surprisingly short time on Planet Earth, as the year you started, finally, irreversibly, uncompromisingly, to explosively unfurl a life that felt fully worth living?

The choice is yours. And it always has been.”

So concluded the Harvard Business Review’s contribution by Umair Hague: How to Have a Year That Matters.   It’s the best blog post I’ve read on the subject – bar none.

Why are you here? What do you want? How much does it matter?

Find the questions daunting? We all have at one time or another.

I have no wisdom to add except that it is in the process of asking the questions and seeking the answers in the company of likeminded fellow travellers – that we get there, It takes experience, gleaning the support and the strength we need to embrace the changes it will take for us to find our “true north”.

So skip the “resolutions”. They imply “going it alone”. The dead of winter is the worst time to decide to start a diet, take up running or head to the gym in the dark if you weren’t inclined to get there in the light.

Begin by “spring cleaning” your mind, embrace silence, let go the belief that you can’t change and choose only to change your thinking. Find mentors, allies, friends and peers. You don’t have to go far.

Take a class, read a great book, join a group. Just start a conversation.

In Newry, The Positive Pathway’s Michelle Major is offering “Laughter Workshops”, “Breathe, Laugh & Relax” at the Bath House; walk around Elysium Wellness & chat with Clare or Shane about a what inspires them. In Carlingford, we recommend Kiera’s Yoga Studio – why? Because the most well grounded folks I know, go there.

At the Bath House we offer Women’s groups and book groups.

As always, my recommendation is that you pick up a copy of the Artist’s Way and embark upon a twelve week journey of self discovery. On your own or in a facilitated group. They begin in March in Dublin, Belfast & Newry. Choose to make this year matter!


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