I come from a family of four girls, four sisters, and I like to think that I am my dad’s favorite. I think this not just because growing up we seemed to like the same things. Or our love of fitness and health. Or that I was the youngest and when my older sisters were doing “mature” girl things my dad and I would hang out. But I think that I am his favorite because we share something very special, our birthday. The day I was born my mom was hugely pregnant cleaning up a surprise birthday party for my dad and while mopping the floors she realized it was time for ME! April 20th has always been a very incredible day for my dad and me.
Growing up I loved sharing my special day with my dad. Each year we would do something to celebrate just the two of us. It became a tradition for him to take me to the local mall and into Toys by Roy, the most fantastic toy shop that I had ever seen and tell me that I could pick out one special present. I already had a pile of presents at home yet to be opened, but there was something magical in walking throughout the store filled with Barbie & Ken, Madame Alexander dolls, Pick up Sticks, Checkers, and every stuffed animal imaginable, knowing that I could choose anything. There weren’t any parameters or stipulations or limits set. The one item could be anything that I wanted. Some years it took me hours to choose others I knew exactly what I wanted in 2 minutes. The anticipation for this trip to the toy store built up for weeks. I would begin to count down the days until my dad and I could spend our special day together. I was so excited. I would lay awake at night with thoughts and dreams of our birthday extravaganza and have detail by detail expectations of the event. I just knew that it was going to be special and so worth the wait.
When I recall those sensations as a young girl I ponder if we can feel that same wonder for this New Year? With it being the very 1st day of the year 2016 can we look upon the next 365 days with the same excitement, anticipating what is in store? What will we receive? What will we enjoy and what will show up? What is the detail by detail list of expectations for this year? Do we know that it is going to be special and so worth the wait? Have we created a no parameter, no stipulation, and limitless idea for what 2016 brings? Do we believe that this year can be anything that we want? Will we lay awake at night with thoughts and dreams of what will happen? Do we know immediately what we want from 2016 or will it take time to formulate a plan?
I don’t know the answers to all of the above but I do know that we choose what becomes of this year. We determine the greatness of what is in store. With the help of the laws of the universe, what we put out comes right back to us. What good mojo, energy, vibe, presence, light, God or whatever you want to call it, shines bright. David Romanelli (www.yeahdave.com) reminded me in his latest soul inspiring email that, “We are moved by and healed by and inspired by people who know how to manage their energy….who are ALL THERE. These are people who share the full force of their being with others, not on social media, but in the flesh. It starts with your very next conversation….if you can look them in the eye.” According to Business Insider, “Eye contact is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to make a person feel recognized, understood and validated.”
That afternoon I decided to give Dave’s advice a try. At each of my stops that afternoon I stared deeply into the person across from me. Guess what? Not one single person would look me in the eye. I asked questions. I waited for responses. I discussed the weather. I said please and thank you. Yet not a single person would look me in the eye. Have we become that disconnected that rushed, that insensitive? Is anyone present and engaged? Are we so accustomed to standing across someone whose full attention is directed solely to their mobile device? I felt ill……..
There are many intentions that I hope to see fulfilled in 2016. But my most prized is to connect deeper. To build relations and community. To be present with those I love and those I have yet to get to know. To give time to those that need it and to ask for time when I am in need. To live with good mojo, energy, vibe, presence light and especially God so as to feel, hear and live with inspiration and intuition. To exist for purposes outside my own desires, ego and pride and to try every day to make this world a little bit better.
What are your intentions for 2016?
Much Gratitude and the Most Happiest and Present of New Year’s!
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