You know, one of the things I love about being born in early July is that my special day falls about mid-way through the year. What a great time for course-correction!
As I’ve lately been inviting all of you, I’m taking a page out of my own books to stop and deeply contemplate my life. In my case, this has to do with completing six decades. Every year since my parents passed away in 2010 and 2012, I gain new perspectives about their role in aiding my development, toxic as I found our journey growing up.
Nowadays, I’m grateful they agreed to have me as their daughter on a soul level. Our small unit is certainly the genesis of what have become some of my finer traits. Blessings in disguise. Rippling outward, I profoundly thank my cherished friends as the family I choose for myself. In addition to the 5 Daily Sources of Gratitude Journal I’ve been maintaining for over 20 years, I’m electing to be more appreciative of what each day brings. Waking up is a gift – not a platitude.
Along with a focus on the positive, my certainty about what is truly important to me is growing exponentially. That includes values, priorities and people. I deliberately devote my precious time and attention toward causes I believe in and drop what used to be an urgency to say “yes” to everyone and everything. A firm and clear “no” to participating in anything that used to consume or drain me now characterizes my world. No more being brought down. Done!
As such, I am also releasing old beliefs, mindsets and attitudes that represent huge portions of how I used to conduct my first 60 years. Goodness, there are many. Instead, I am crafting the second half of my precious time on planet Earth in very different ways. Thankfully, I plan to live until 120 (at least). LOL. That’s another six decades to design my days according to what’s right by me. Of course, I’m not waiting to drop the shackles! That starts right this minute.
For More Expansion…
Stay tuned next for my acronym, ACED, by which I suggest you live. For the moment, I truly wish that you’re taking away your own forms of gratitude, clarity and letting go as a result of my birthday contemplations.
Toward that end, you may want to check out one of my books, Step Out of Your Sandbox! at https://www.copingwithuncopeableparents.com/shop. It’s all about stepping out of comfort zones and living your dreams. Pertinent even as a caregiver!