2018 was a tough year for many. In Canada, we saw oil plummet and those who gained from it criticize the resource leading to divisive retaliation. Uncertainty looms like Damocles’ sword as the economy seems to lose ground and more Canadians are unemployed or on survival jobs than ever before. Our political leadership is engaged in dissonance and the common man is confused. “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” Nelson Mandela
Like the new dawn, 2019 offers us hope,limitless possibilities and potential all residing in the human mind. History will tell how we changed the directions of our future. We can move forward with strength and courage, banishing divisive politics for the ones that move people from the place of survive to thrive. We have the seed but need the intellect, mettle, time and place to sow it right, so everyone can reap the harvest.
What is the thing that you care for more than yourself? What dream makes you feel alive and fully generative? 2019 may be the year you make that a reality with focus and dedication, reverence and discipline.
If you could do anything you wished, you can actually start by trying it for 30 days. As you push your limits for 30 days, the neurons in your brain get set into a pattern that we call habit. You can change anything you choose in 30 days flat. In 2016, we got evacuated from a fire than consumed most of my city. I found myself in a new place, out of my comfort zone and ready to write a new chapter. It was a traumatic time but we moved on and decided to live in the city we’d moved to. Many of my friends went back but struggled with parameters they hadn’t considered. I said goodbye to the best job I’d held in my entire life. I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and blood pressure, was 15 kgs larger than I wanted to be and felt sick and lethargic. I decided that had to change. After 2 months ofsunrise yoga and a Keto diet, I lost 10 kgs, never went on statins and felt lighter on my feet. And when I started singing lessons, I felt completely at home. Many naysayers tried to inject their negativity onto me but thatnever sticks toa resilient back. 2 and a half years later, my path has found me. I’m glad for the choices I made for my own transformation.
If you want to change the world, why not start with yourself? It might be tough, but you create a new you and get to see the world anew. “There is no passion to be found playing small in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela