As I look back at last year, which at the age of 61 was one of the best years of my life, conclude that my most successful action was to “do something different”.
I broke my addiction to diabetic medication by doing things differently.
- I changed my eating habits
- I went to the gym for the first time since high-school.
- I started to trust rather than distrust that the answers would come.
I started going to seminars, specifically those given by Dr. Joe Dispenza. By doing this I began the work of consciously breaking habits and finding new ways of doing things.
I took a course on how to publish a mini-book which should go to the publisher some time late in January.
I began to record my own videos.
The list goes on a little more but that’s good for purpose of illustration.
What I did by doing things differently is I began to break old habits, routines and most importantly through patterns. As you do this you begin a process of renewal, discovery, and self growth beyond your wildest dreams.
When we are young we have little trouble experiencing change and delving into the adventures of life; that’s why personal growth is so rapid in youth.
Unfortunately as we get older we get set in our ways, to the extend that we try to live in some static bubble we begin to shut down all that is inside of us. We start to think we can’t learn, don’t have the energy, or the vigor of youth and we become content to drift in our pleasant little fog.
To live fully, to expand to our creative limits and grow beyond them we do need to push ourselves to do things that we normally would not do.
You don’t have to do big things, they can be simple little things, like keep a dresser draw tidy with nicely folded clothes or change the way you dress when you go out, or vary your drive into work, or shop at a different mall, even if it isn’t your favorite.
Every little thing you do differently will multiply the effect of change by adding newness into your life and clear away the cobwebs and stale air!
Since I love lists, make a list of things you will do differently or things you’ve never done but will attempt this year.
Here are a couple of things on my list and my reasoning behind them
- I actually did go into my bedroom yesterday and fold everything in my chest of draws. At the same time I removed some old worn clothes to donate. Now I get this little tingle of pleasure when I open a draw. If only my sisters could see it…because they won’t believe it!
- I am in the process of upgrading my off work wardrobe. I want to present a more stylist, richer looking me when I venture forth even to the grocery store. This is a continuation of working on abundance. If you feel more abundant than quite naturally you are. Amazing how that works.
So what are YOU going to do differently this year. I’d love to hear your plans. Let me know.
I have also created a Do Something Different list which you can download and add to your journal or a file.
Download here>>>>>> Do Something Different List
Below is a quote that points out another why behind all of this.
In spiritual life there is no room for compromise.
Awakening is not negotiable; we cannot bargain to hold on to things that please us while relinquishing things that do not matter to us.
A lukewarm yearning for awakening is not enough to sustain us through the difficulties involved in letting go.
It is important to understand that anything that can be lost was never truly ours, anything that we deeply cling to only imprisons us.
Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfield