I planned to write something about how the year that was unfolded and come up with detailed year-end highlights. I was trying to remember everything worth noting but I realized my 2018 was an eventful one and it came by swiftly. I could try to outline the activities I involved myself with, the runs I finished, the projects I have successfully carried out, the travels I did, among others, but I figured there’s more to these things.
I thought maybe it’ll be more helpful to me and hopefully to you who found the time to read this if I write about the gentle reminders of the year that was to myself and to the Armie who might stumble upon this blog post again in the future.
Close open loops
Look into your to-do list and accomplish them, especially the ones that have been undone for quite some time. Closing your open loops also means finishing unfinished business and having that peace of mind right after you ticked off something on your list.
I’ve managed to mark off my list a lot of items, including putting a closure into a relationship that was no longer working.
Be patient with yourself
There are plenty of things you can’t change and there are others you can improve but you can’t accomplish overnight. Growth always takes time and it’s a never-ending process. In chasing your dreams, in dealing with heartbreaks, in conquering the ups and downs of life, you need to be patient with yourself.
In my journey to self-awareness, self-care, and self-love, it dawned on me that I needed to be patient with myself. I am and it helps me a whole lot!
Someone I used to look up to and trusted has done ridiculous things to me. Someone I considered special broke my heart. I have also made decisions and have done crazy things that left me dying inside. Amid all these, I found myself trapped in deep and dark sinkholes and I lingered there for quite a while until one day I woke up and forgiveness touched my heart. Forgiving took me out of those sinkholes.
Forgive the people who hurt you, and forgive yourself, too. It’s one of the hardest things to do but it’s a blissful path to inner peace.
It’s difficult to let go but it can be done. Let go of people who disrupt your inner calm, waste your time and affection and contribute nothing to your soul purpose. Let go of memories that hold you back and no longer make you happy. Let go of your fear to fail again and again.
I have let go of dreams that are no longer aligned with my purpose in life. I have let go of that hope to end up with the person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I have let go of that fear to fall in love again. The path to letting go isn’t an easy one but it’s one of the best paths to walk through.
Loosen the grip
Nothing remains the same. Sometimes you forget that you only have this moment to live and that all you have really is now. Stop holding on to your thoughts of a future that might never happen. Loosen your grip on things that are temporary – power, position, money, relationships, among others. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Listen to your heart
Your heart knows where to go, your mind will help you how to get there. Listen to your heart, too.
I have been following my heart most of my life and it took me to places of genuine joy. I can’t thank the Universe enough.
Start from within
If you want to see changes happening around you, start with looking into the changes you can do from within.
The path to new beginnings starts inside of you. Genuine happiness and meaningful connections start from within. Knowing what makes you happy, what makes your heart sing, what motivates you, among other things, is a good start to knowing how you can make an impact in the lives of others, as well.
Living a blissful life starts with you and not with how much money you earn, not with how grand your career is, not with your relationships, but with you.
When you start from within, you’ll appreciate life more.
If these made sense to you and helped you in whatever ways, I’ll be overjoyed to know. Take care and live the life you love!