Tuesday, December 30, 2014
YIKES! The New Year Approaches!!
That phrase brings joy, excitement, dread and panic all at the same time to a lot of us. We frantically grasp for meaning of the year that's about to pass--did we get enough done? Do we have any regrets that are going to lead to those guilt-ridden New Year Resolutions? Did we lose someone we love in the passing year and feel time slipping away from our time with them? Did we land a huge job and flourish with beauty and grace?
We are brought up in a world that tells us we MUST have the most insane expectations of ourselves and then flog ourselves when we don't accomplish them.
One of my students asked me if I noticed what set people who book a ton of acting work apart from those who struggle a little more.
If we find ourselves freaking out at this time of year, we should ask one question: Do I have clarity?
We can be talented, well liked, kind and compassionate and be super frustrated that others we consider not having worked as hard and aren't as knowledgeable as we are getting further in their careers.
Take a look at those folks and notice their clarity.
It is so easy to get bound and wound up in nonsense that leads us straight into mental muddy waters. We get fuzzy in unhealthy thought patterns, relationships and habits that make us think we're clear and focused, but we are actually the furthest from clarity.
It's in the quiet mornings of a busy mind that we can start to filter through the muck and mire and figure out what's fact from fiction. We don't have to start a New Year with frustrations and desperation if we start to gain clarity for ourselves. What do we want? REALLY REALLY WANT? What's the path with the most integrity that we can take? Are we willing to work and train and focus on what's ahead in order to make it happen?
Our journeys are intertwined with one another. The more we learn and work and train, we can pass that knowledge to our peers. We can be a web of support for ourselves and one another.
We can find our own clarity and be on an integrity filled path AND reach our goals.
My hope for you is that the phrase Happy New Year brings a smile of contentment and clarity as we propel ever forward. Together.