Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tip #64: Stop - Look - Go

As I reflect on the past year, I have to say that it has been a very generous one in every possible aspect. I have had an abundance of health and friendship, wonderful travels, far and near, and many interesting developments in my job, the main one being that I am now surrounded by an excellent team of caring people, who have become my teachers and my daily inspiration. I have also lost way too many friends from my support groups, but I'm very thankful that I had the opportunity to meet these caring, kind and brave women who have now become angels.

I know my presence in the blog has not been as frequent as last year and I'm not too sure why, but I think that it is a sign of my business with regular life, which I think it is ultimately a good thing. On the other hand, I do believe this blog helps me in ways I cannot know, so I'm hoping next year will be a slightly more prolific one. I will not give myself challenges or deadlines, but I will work on my discipline to get the things I feel I need for my well being done, but with ease, and mostly, with love.

Today I have a lovely TEDTalk to share with you, which contains a message worth repeating to myself: only by being grateful, we can be happy. The speaker is the Benedict priest David Steindl Rast. He has a simple but powerful message that he summarizes like this. In every situation in life we should do three things: Stop, look and go, just as if we were crossing a street. This is what he means, (as explained in his recipe for grateful living in 2014, found in his wonderful website):
Stop! -- so that you will not hurry past the gift this moment offers you.
Look! -- so you will recognize this gift: the opportunity available now.
Go! -- that means: Do something with this precious opportunity!
He reminds us that every moment offers an opportunity, and, as it is the end of the year, I'm thinking that we can apply that to 2014 as well. I'm hoping that this new year I will be able to recognize the gift I have been given just by being here writing this. Here's the link to his talk, as I'm unable to embed it here, but I hope you watch it and enjoy it as much as I did.

Happy New Year and thanks so much for reading my blog!