|My 2011 Vision Board. Gotta say, most of it came true.|
I’m not talking about your average New Year’s Resolutions…lose weight, quit smoking, blah blah blah. I’m talking about what you REALLY want. What your heart wants. What your soul craves.
What is it you want from this life?
This is a question I began asking myself some years ago, and at first I found it really hard to answer. Try asking someone that question at a cocktail party. You’ll hear a lot of hemming and hawing, because really, how often do we sit down and ask ourselves what we really want?
We usually say things like:
I want to be thin.
Why? What is the feeling being thin would bring? How would being thin change our lives? Would we feel healthier, or younger, or have more energy? Would people love us more? Would we love ourselves more? Maybe what we really want is to be loved as we are, or to have better self esteem. Or to speak up when we feel something rather than suppressing emotions with food. What do we really want?
I want to be rich.
Why does everyone want to be rich? What problems would it solve, really? Would it give us the freedom to do the things we’ve always wanted to do? Like what? What are the things we’ve always wanted to do, and why aren’t we doing them? What would you do with all that freedom? What would you do with the money? Would it change your relationships? Make you more lovable? What do we really want?
How can we achieve world peace? Maybe what we really want is inner peace. Where can we start? What do we really want?
I think we get it all wrong. We talk about the outer things we want, the possessions, the conditions. But we don’t acknowledge the inner - the underlying reasons we want those things. The seed of every desire is in our souls. That is where to begin.
My belief is that if we take care of the matters of our hearts, of our souls, the rest will fall into place.
If we want more love, we must be loving and lovable.
If we want more money, we must value ourselves and make ourselves valuable to others.
If we want to be thinner, we must value our health enough to make changes.
If we start within, take care of our hearts, listen to our inner wisdom – our resolutions can become a revolution.
2012. It’s a brand new year. Our year. Your year.
So …what is it you really, really want?