by Leslie Sann
Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.~ William Butler Yeats
I spend the last several days of the year, through the New Years weekend, focusing on the year that has passed and the year that is to come … even though neither exists in the moment. The truth is, that all that is … is now. That’s it. The past is over. All that occurred no longer exists, the only thing remaining is what I have reaped from the experiences I have had.
And that is useful.
- What has my year taught me?
- What have I learned?
- How have I changed?
- How can I make good use of my experience as I imagine the future I want to grow into?
- How does it get even better than this?
I truly enjoy the slowing down that comes with the ending of one year. I use the quiet to bring as much as I can to completion, clearing space so that what I am creating has room in my life. I am often, if not always, amazed at the richness of the year before and how it has served me. For me, it is a time to shake hands with the me I’ve become and imagine a future from this upgraded version of me. The me that I am today sees possibility differently than did the me I was a year ago.
From this new vantage point, I imagine myself in 12 months, enjoying my year-end ritual and wondering what it is I want to be celebrating. For me, it is like taking dictation from my Soul, which utilizes my imagination to guide me. I write down what I’m shown and then articulate my vision in ways that, over the years, I have found to be powerful and empowering. I look at the many areas of my life, my health, relationships, spiritual connection and more, and for each one I create an ideal scene for what I am growing into … or something even greater.
What I have come to realize is that the abundance of the Universe, the Magnificent Mystery that breathes each one of us, wants to give me more than I know to ask for, therefore, someplace on my vision/goal/action sheets I write the words, “This or Something Greater for the Highest Good of All Concerned,” which opens me up to receiving even more, or helps me be at peace if what I thought I wanted doesn’t manifest. I know, from experience, something even better is on its way.
About this even greater part…I wrote an article on that topic which can be found here: Insurance for the Journey.
What about you? Do you have a year-end ritual that has served you? In 1953, a Yale study showed that 3% of the students graduating that year wrote their specific career goals down. Twenty years later, a team of researchers interviewed the class of ‘53 and found that the 3% who had written down their goals were worth more financially than the other 97% combined.
I love to help people grow into the next best version of themselves. Creating visions and taking action is one of the most powerful tools I know in manifesting a life we love. Take a peek at the Program and Events drop down menu above and see if there might be an offering you might choose to say yes to.