What Did 2020 Develop in You?
What a year 2020 has been – we have survived it! So much was accomplished this year in terms of our inner work and looking at our inner landscapes of how our mind controls us, looking at our habits, and what does and does not feed our soul. Even in our careers – looking at how we pivot based on the economic conditions and the need to do work that feeds us on a deeper level.
It has been an inward journey, and these journeys are not always fun. They require patience, intention, tenderness, developing our presence with ourselves and others, and really looking at how we manage our energy, time and thoughts.
How has 2020 made your life better?
For me not having the distraction of going outward gave me the time, space and energy to focus on creative projects for my business by creating a career coaching program targeted to be launched to the public next month. If you are curious about possibly learning all the ins and outs around navigating your career or interested in being a certified career coach, CLICK HERE to be notified when the course launches.
I know for a lot of people, 2020 has created hardships. As the song, “Let Go” states by Frou Frou, there is beauty in the breakdown.
What have the hardships of 2020 taught you about yourself? What is it continuing to develop in you?
For many of us, there has been tremendous loss of loved ones, jobs, businesses, even our way of life as we knew it. In order to create what is new, we have to allow what is no longer needed to die. And what has been lost will create space for what is new to show up.
This entire year has been about allowing ourselves to evolve. Allowing our communities, culture, work, school and life to be different and, as a result, allowing ourselves to change. What have you learned about yourself and navigating the change at hand?
These are the questions to ponder as we come to our table this Thanksgiving and give gratitude for what 2020 grew in us. How it changed our experience here for the better. How we all grew another level of acceptance for the uncomfortable.
Take this time to be grateful for what is in front of you, no matter how small or insignificant you may think it is. Giving thanks for the fact we can breathe, for family, for our ability to feel and to make choices that better our lives and community. For our healthcare workers, essential workers, teachers, and service industry workers – so many people who supported us and had to adjust in uncomfortable circumstances. How has this year opened you to your own biases and places you were blind to in how you think, act and love?
I am so grateful for my awareness and ability to continue to learn to make conscious choices, for my family, my health, my ability to feel my emotions, and use my voice. This year has been about accepting my own diversity and biases and looking at where I have not been aware of my actions or words. It has opened my perspective about my fellow man and woman and, in doing this, it has opened my heart so that I can love more of those around me even though we may not agree. It has taught me inclusivity of others that think and act different than me. This year has helped me release some of my judgment with the hope I can eventually turn all my judgment into discernment.
It has been a powerful year of change, and for this I am very grateful that I survived it, and that I have support around me to get me through the rough spots of looking at the parts of myself I was not aware of in the past. I am grateful for you – my clients, family, neighbors, friends, and colleagues that stuck it out with me. I could not have done this alone. It is true as the African proverb states, “It takes a village,” and I am grateful for my village and the world we live in to make choices that serve each of us. For our capacity to accept all our differences and still be able to love. This year has been about expanding our capacity from the inside out so that what we create in 2021 will come from a more balanced, soul filled accepting place. This is necessary in order to create a kinder, more accepting world, and it requires all of us.
May your holiday this Thanksgiving be one of an open heart, curious mind and grateful presence, and the acknowledgement that your presence here matters, and your impact – no matter how small you think it is – matters in what we create together next.
Looking forward to 2021, and the next stage of our growth individually and collectively.
In deep gratitude.