Positive Pause – 1st January, 2017 – Choices
I choose to send you all the joy and happiness, love and light that you deserve for 2017.
New Year is the quintessential time to examine where you are in your life and what new habits you want to establish, what old ones you want to break and also what goals you want to set for yourself both professionally and personally.
I love this time of year because it provides the opportunity to focus on all of the above. Having a vision for the year ahead is something that makes my dreams and aspirations more concrete and realisable especially when I commit them to paper.
For many of us, writing down our goals and dreams is the easy part but implementing the necessary changes is where it can get tricky!
In these situations it is imperative to remember that we have a choice in whether these changes come about or not. Choice is the crucial word; you always have a choice – a moment when you can decide which thought, action or behaviour will serve you and those you love best. However, when you are tired, fed up or feel that a situation is out of control it is easy enough to forget that you have a choice.
On one of the last days of our fabulous trip to Australia we made a second visit to the Art Gallery of New South Wales which, as many of you may know, has a huge and interesting collection. On this particular visit I was mesmerized by ‘Manifesto’, a video installation by the German artist Julian Roselfot. It features Australian actress Cate Blanchet in different personas in a series of thirteen videos.
At the core of the work is the idea that all art is essentially “fake”. Blanchett performs a series of monologues using the actual words from various artists’ manifestos which is an interesting idea. However, what really struck me was the variety of roles that Blanchett plays, ranging from a school teacher to a homeless person to an egocentric ballet director. You see her play three of these roles at any one time on three different screens in each room. Watching her (an actress, I know) adopt these diverse, totally different characters amazed me and it raised the question of how many of our choices are conscious and how many are merely conditioned responses?
The clothes you wear, the way you carry yourself, the gestures you use, your tone of voice, the work you do, the people you spend your time with, the thoughts you have and the way you behave are all your choices. Realising that they are choices is where your freedom lies. Choosing to show the innate goodness that exists in you, choosing to reach your full potential, choosing to love yourself and show compassion to yourself and those around you is what I wish for you in 2017.
Right now, back home in Ireland day has once again become night, summer has become winter and 2016 has become 2017. All of these external facts don’t detract from my choice to focus on my resolutions for 2017 which are to help more people. The more people I help, the more I also flourish.
Finding your focus and purpose is one of the keys to success. Don’t be afraid, don’t hold yourself back, choose to unleash onto the world all that is special, incredible and unique about YOU!
Thanks for all your wonderful feedback in 2016 and I look forward to sharing more, giving more and hopefully helping you more every beautiful Monday morning in 2017.
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