What a year it’s been. Graduations, milestones, new jobs and fresh starts. As with every year that came before it, change was the only guarantee. It was the most consequential teacher. The strongest stimulus for growth. And it happened in tiny increments – one step and one page and one day at a time.
Over the past 365 days I walked daily. I read 46 books. I tried Pilates. I drank lemon water. I woke up at the same time seven days a week. I went to bed early. I ate things that fueled my mind, body and soul ranging from chocolate croissants to chicken broth.
I shared my thoughts and I listened while others shared theirs.
I changed my mind.
Rather than make any grand resolutions on the eve of the next chapter, I hope to adjust my behaviour slightly each day with small steps, minor redirections and little tweaks. Read a few more pages. Walk a bit farther. Breathe a little deeper. When the bar is low, it’s easier to step over it and surprise yourself.
As John Wooden, the NCAA ten-time national championship winning basketball coach once said, “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”
What small things will you add to your routine that will nourish your mind and soul? Will you bolt, stroll or dance into 2024?
As author Don Miguel Ruiz said, “Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry when the rhythm changes. But life is changing all the time.”
The rhythm changes as the days, months and years roll by. Will we move to the beat or brace ourselves against it?
The last day of the year is 123123. Seems like a tempo we can all get behind as we dance into the next page on the calendar.
Just never forget to dance to the beat of your own drum. The floor is yours.