I was recently confronted with a new way to think about the New Year. Instead of resolutions—the things we dislike about our lives/ourselves that we want to change—how about a paradigm shift into “creating our vision” for 2015?
So what is my vision for 2015?
As it turns out, I had a chance to think about this directly as I was invited to add my thoughts about a word to a group post for the University of Venus blog at InsideHigherEd.com. I keep finding myself drawn to the “coincidences” (e.g., a friend who writes about intuitive living and finding bliss, an opportunity to buy a hot cup of coffee for someone stuck in the cold) where suddenly I feel gratitude, leading almost immediately to life feeling serene and joyful.
So for 2015, I see the possibilities available in gratitude.
Especially as an academic, gratitude provides a way for me to move beyond comparing myself in unhealthy ways to others in my field, to move beyond feeling competitive, and instead to embrace a new perspective. As my yoga teacher Ma Lochana says as we close our practice, we have a chance to be “grateful for all we have, for all we are, and for all we do.”
Whatever may come, I am grateful today and I plan to keep that at the forefront of mind throughout the year.
What is your word for 2015?