What Do You Want to Do with Your Magnificent Life?
Happy New Year from me and from the NVC Academy Team: Bob Garmon, Jessica Vogt, Lore Baur, Mark Schultz, Melissa Pai Ling, Rachel Garmon, and Robin O'Brien! We are so happy to be in community and in the service of bringing NVC to the world's populations with YOU. I send you a warm and heartfelt THANK YOU!
January always brings me a sense of hope. It can be bitterly cold in some parts of the world, and yet even then the days begin to get longer and there's a noticeable increase in sunlight for many of us. And that increased sunlight feels so nourishing on my face and body, like a soft touch from a dear and wholly predictable friend.
As we venture into 2020, I am reminded to come up to that light and imagine what I would like to do this coming year, instead of focusing on (or grumbling about) the dark and cold days.
I approach this time of imagining not as a resolution but as an affirmation that can guide me like a compass that guides me through the woods when I have lost my way (which, sadly, has been more times than I care to count, literally and figuratively!). I find this process helps me make decisions and keeps me on track.
I see 2020 as a time for me to clarify and synthesize. I turned 60 in 2018, and it has become clear to me that my time on earth is limited. I am no longer feeling sad about this or running from the thought. Instead I am joyfully focused on how I want to live this next phase of my life. And a question that I mentioned in a previous Growing Roots keeps popping into my head, "What would you like to do with your magnificent life?"
So, this is my 2020 mantra:
What would you like to do with your magnificent life?
Clarify and synthesize.
I now see this next phase of my life as an adventure, and I feel so grateful to no longer be overwhelmed with mourning about it.
If forgiveness work is on your list (and really, when is it not on the list?!), I highly recommend Sarah Payton's upcoming course: Healing Trauma, Finding Forgiveness: Partners, Parents, Children, and Self (2020),which starts this month. Sarah beautifully and seamlessly blends NVC with neuroscience, and we receive feedback time and time again that her courses are healing and life-affirming. We have included a free snippet in this month's Growing Roots to give you a taste of what Sarah's course will cover. I hope you enjoy it.
Welcome to 2020, my friend. I wish you an abundance of adventure, clarity, fun, love, and warmth this year!
With warmth and appreciation,
CNVC Certified Trainer and Co-Founder, NVC Academy
p.s. You may also now read these monthly letters on my blog!