It’s almost the New Year in Bali, one of the most heart-opening places I have ever seen or lived in.
*(Still not surpassing my heart and my second home: Cusco, Peru in certain deep ways)*
Recently, I listened to a podcast featuring Dr. Andrew Weil where he discussed the topic of New Year's resolutions.
He said, (and I paraphrase), "First of all, I don't believe in the concept of New Year's. It's based on a made-up calendar that is actually sort of random. So, no...I don't believe in New Year's resolutions or make any."
Dr. Weil is one hell of a smart and accomplished man, but I think on this count he's being a bit short-sighted and looking at it thru the lens of someone who has massive control over his time and his ability to meditate and reflect.
Most people's lives are not like his.
The calendar, random though it may be, is still a SCHEDULE we follow in most parts of the world. And in many parts of the world, major holidays near the end of the year allow a lucky, and quite significant, portion of the population, a period that disrupts their normal routine.
This disruption can cause us to think about how we've spent our year and what we’re doing with our lives…
…and, furthermore, if we LIKE what we’re doing with our lives.
This period of reflection -- caused by a bunch of holidays in December (for many, at least) -- can invite us to consider and/or design any necessary course corrections.
I was thinking earlier today: many people get told by "older, wiser" people that "work is not supposed to be fun or rewarding -- that's why it's called WORK!"
Man, if there's one thing I've learned traveling around the world lately -- it's that there are a SHITLOAD of people out there getting paid for jobs that are so fun I wouldn't even have imagined that such "JOBS" exist.
Happy New Year to you!!! And may you have the best year of your life -- thus far -- in 2019!!!
If there's something you really want to do with your life that has been gnawing at you...now is the time to start!