In preparation for January 1, 2020 (yikes, I can hardly believe it's 2020!) now is a fabulous time to consider what you want to see more of in this new decade. OK, before I continue, I must say these decades seem to be accumulating quite quickly. My mother used to tell me the older I got the more quickly they would appear. That is most definitely true; however, I am hearing younger people make the same statement. Perhaps time has moved into warp speed? I digress . . .
All the current literature reports 2019 was a pivotal year in the course of humanity's history. And, I agree 100%. Most of us on the planet have witnessed many ecological phenomenon these past couple of years. It goes without saying our planet is making a huge shift. If you are breathing and awake, add to that the daily deluge of horrific tragedies has to touch your heart. It leaves most of us with a "what's happening to our world," question.
From a humanitarian perspective, in my 70 years on the planet I have never witnessed such a drastic contrast of compassion and disrepect going on at the same time. True enough we have massive exposure to these events via the tremendous availability of information being constantly transmitted in many forms. However, from my personal perspective, the chasm between the two is becoming more divisive rather then bringing us together. Which lends the question, is the planet creating the shifts in our humanitarian actions or are out humanitarian actions creating shifts on Mother Earth?
The question then becomes one that ask us to look inward and ask, What is my dream for 2020 and beyond? Now is a perfect time to examine the statement, former President John Kennedy made, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country?" We all have dreams for our future, and for our children and grandchildren; whether they are out biological ones or someone else's we all dream of a peaceful, bright future. And, this goes beyond our country to the World. Who is not moved by those that live in war torn and/or impoverished countries?
As we prepare for 2020, now is the perfect time to sit in the quiet space of our hearts and ask what we truly want the next year to herald in for our planet. A friend of mine used to ask, "Are you part of the problem or part of the Solution? I loved that question. To evaluate where you are, here are two simple, yet powerful questions to take action on to get clear of your dreams and to put your dreams into motion:
Write it down, without censoring it, judging it, evaluating it, just put your pen to paper and begin to write, 1) "What do I want to see more of in the world?" Once that is done, begin with, 2) "What can I do to BE what I want to see more of in the world?"
After completing those two questions, take those words into the dream time and try envisioning what the world would look like if everyone took the action you are choosing to take? Now is always the time to take action toward what we want to see more of in the World. Maybe, just maybe, the question being asked over, "What's in your wallet," will be "What's in your dreams?" From my heart to yours, hope to see or hear from you in 2020!
With all the hustle and bustle of finding the perfect present for someone you love, here's a powerful idea . . . how about offering them your presence? When you consider the time it takes to find the right gift, pay for it, wrap it, and deliver it to the person, that time may more appreciated if you simply arrange to show up and spend time with them. It really doesn't matter if you're going to a movie, watching one at home, playing a game, having tea, cooking a meal together or going out to eat. My experience is we all need and desire more time with those we love. The Gift of a good conversation, reflection of silly shenanigans you've pulled off together that your parents would have killed you for if they would have known, awkward and embarrassing moments that became secrets only the two or three of you shared together all add to a fun afternoon or evening setting across the table from each other. Which is interesting in and of itself, ever notice how seldom we really look each other in the eyes and simply chat? Not about someone else, rather, about each others lives; the fears, joys and dreams for our lives. Presents come and go with the fads, fashions and latest technologies; however, the presence of someone we love far exceeds any present that may be purchased. So, for you last minute shoppers, send a text, an invitation, leave a voice mail or tie a note to a homing pigeon. However you choose to communicate with your family and/or friends, put down you credit card, pick up your keys and go "over the river and through the woods," to visit someone you love. I promise all parties will remember the Christmas the best gift they received was the Gift of your presence!
What precisely is Cyber Monday? Is it, indeed, a day to save money, or is it a ploy to get people to spend it? Maybe it's a day to notice the stars; to scan the sky for UFO's, or to have a double shot of caffeine as your morning cup of java? Whatever it is, it certainly pumps up the adrenaline in people willing to join the fast paced energy in search for a bargain.
Let's see there's Taco Tuesday, Throwback Thursday and TGIF. I know Wednesday has often been referred to as "Hump Day," what if we make it Wicked Wednesday? Wouldn't it be fun to use our creative juices to think of really wicked things to do that day? At the very least it would be interesting to see what people conjure up from the idea. Maybe, just maybe people would find it a day to think beyond their mundane "Hump day," and, instead, consider it a day to spice up the middle of the week. Of course, as is in all things, Wicked Wednesday is wide open to a person's interpretation of the word Wicked. Whatever the interpretation might be, it certainly would offer a day to "think outside the box."
I'd love the hear what sort of thoughts, visions, ideas pop in your head when you hear the word "Wicked." Until then, enjoy the rest of Cyber Monday and if you find a good buy on a bath pillow or bath salts, it's on my Santa's list. And, I promise I've been a very good girl this year!
Vicky Kelm Williams
I find people absolutely fascinating!