It’s getting darker and darker here in the north in this last month before the Solstice.
This is the time when your thoughts and your heart may turn to setting intentions for the year to come.
I’ve always thought that it’s more than just “resolutions” that are needed to make effective and lasting changes. I’ve written about resolutions and how by themselves they just don’t have enough energy attached to do the job. As you can see when you compare the crowds in the gym or at your local 12-step meeting in early January and a month later. Yup, resolutions in action. You can read a few of the articles I’ve written about this very thing here and here and here.
There’s so much to see every time you look back
- You see and celebrate the good stuff: everything you completed and every risk you took.
- Then you can assess what didn’t get completed: What needs to change to make this happen?
- What needs to be released?
Once you have done this completion and release work, then your intentions (and resolutions) have a much stronger foundation and a much better chance of sustained success.
I created this Year-End Completion and Release workbook a few years ago, and this year instead of selling it I’m giving it away. Because my birthday. Because I’m grateful. Because of you!
Every subscriber to my weekly loveletter will receive a free download link to the updated and revised workbook starting this week and going until the end of December. I’ve given a lot of gifts away this birthday month, and I’m closing it out with this gift from my heart to yours. It’s a beautiful and useful book. Set aside an hour or so and do some work that will help you set the foundation for changes for the coming year.
Look for the link in your copy of my loveletter in the coming weeks, and if you are not yet a subscriber, you can opt in right here.
I’m turning to three quotes from Mary Oliver to close this post. Because she really says it:
“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it is over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”
“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”
“Sometimes I need
only to stand
wherever I am
to be blessed.”
I’d love it if you’d chime in in the comments; how’s your year-end ritual shaping up?