So there’s a part of me that thinks, ‘This piece is due on 21/12/12. Should I even bother?’ (Only joking. I don’t think the world is going to end today…)
But with so many people talking, joking and even stressing about the possibility, why not take a few moments to take stock of your life?
If today were your last day on the planet, who would you most like to spend it with? What would you most like to be doing?
When did you last spend time with these people / doing these things? What’s stopped you taking time for what’s most important to you?
Now imagine living a long and fruitful life. Another 90+ years. What would you like your legacy to be? How would you like to be remembered?
Does any anxiety you’ve felt about today’s date make you want to become an activist, thinking about ways you can contribute to peace and help the planet that supports us?
Does it make you feel clearer about career goals and dreams? Or maybe you imagine a future surrounded with great-great-grandchildren?
However you feel about today, let it help you get clearer about your priorities for today, tomorrow, next month, next year and far further into the future.
Remember, today’s also the shortest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere), Winter Solstice / Yule. During this time of darkness, we can increase our calm by reminding ourselves that we can bring light into the darkest of moments.
Amnesty International’s logo was inspired by the proverb about it being better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Whatever your particular feared darkness, take a moment to think about ways to shed more light on the situation. Darkness can be empowering. Our own shadows have a huge amount to teach us.
End of the world or not, think about the things you’re ready to release from your life. You can have your own end of the world party and say goodbye to everything from fear to self-doubt, pain, scarcity… whatever you know has been holding you back. Release it with a little ritual (maybe write it on a piece of paper and safely set fire to it, visualising yourself finding freedom from it).
The whole world doesn’t have to end for you to find new, happier, healthier ways of being. Henry Ford said, ‘Failure is the only opportunity to more intelligently begin again’ but we can change the way we do things at any moment, learning from the past and dreaming up the future.
So however you spend today, take some time to think about what you’re ready to let go of and how you might like to bring more light into your coming days and years.
Wishing y’all the coolest of Yules and all good things for 2013 and beyond…
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