December 19th 2010
“Hey You! Yeah You!” ….the inspiring speaker asked…. “What was GREAT about your year?”
Well, the year’s not over yet but when I look back on it all, there’s SO MUCH, SO GREAT, that I am literally overwhelmed with the number of AMAZING moments that flood through my memory. From the smallest gems of everyday contentment to the greatest moments of personal and professional joy, success, adventure, laughter, empowerment, growth, music, food, and friendship! I am utterly without words for the amount of “GREAT” in my year (well except maybe for some of these words here ;)
If connection, alone, was all I had to be thankful for this year, well then this year was the greatest year of my life!! The sheer VOLUME of LOVE from those in my life, both old and new, brings tears of gratitude to my eyes! I have the most amazing empowering, loving, caring, giving, thoughtful, genuine, creative, inspired, friends (and family) in the world! And thankfully that VOLUME of LOVE is only expanding, exponentially!
But what was TRULY GREAT about my year was in fact, the parts that were truly NOT great. That likely makes no sense (unless you’ve been reading this blog) but essentially what I’m saying is that what was GREAT this year was realizing that every single dark or difficult moment (no matter how, painful, unwelcome, or unjust) was overflowing with a brilliant lesson, an unseen opportunity, a new perspective, a brighter option or an entirely new path forward to a more fufilling, empowered, balanced, congruent, abundantly amazing life!
Intellectually I’ve known this forever but to know, and to act on what you know (consistently), are two entirely different things. Thankfully the intensity of my experiences this year have fused knowing and acting into an embodied and instantaneous response, to the worst of any experience, that begins with the question… “WHAT IS AMAZING about this?!”
It may sound pollyannish but when you’re consistently searching for the AMAZING in the awful (or even in the negligibly disagreeable) you begin to instinctively see, find and experience AMAZING in everything. It’s incredible! Suddenly the worst experiences in your entire life are pure abundant gift! Suddenly you KNOW there’s always an UP side! In fact there are always MULTIPLE UP sides! In fact there’s so much UP in the downs that the downs are freakin AWESOME!
The “What’s Amazing…” question is so empowering that before you know it you’ll be looking back on your year and asking not, “What was great about this year” but rather, “What was great about what sucked this year!?! It’s a question and response that will likely be more uplifting than the parts of your year that actually were great! So I have to ask (and hopefully you’ll want to share your response in the comments below)… what was GREAT (about what sucked) for YOU this year?!
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