These last few days between the end of one year and the beginning of another give us a time to pause and assess where we have been and where we are going. One of the ways in which we often judge our lives tends to be in terms of abundance, especially material abundance.
Today, as we were driving in our car we had an interesting impromptu conversation in the car. My 82-year-old mother mentioned how helpful it had been in her life to see our glass in life as half full. This prompted my oldest son to ask me what I see when a glass is filled halfway with water. I said, generally I am optimistic and see the cup of life as half full.
My son said I see a glass that is all full, because air always fills the space. The glass is never not full. I thought this was a brilliant distinction that so few of us realize. We believe we are being optimistic, when we are missing the true gift of allowing ourselves to be whole and complete.
Consider how we work so hard to keep our glasses full and don’t leave ourselves breathing room.
We spend countless hours creating perfect holiday celebrations or ensure that we close the books on our businesses with as much profit as possible. We fill ourselves with worry over our lack of progress towards our goals in life.
We have another choice to look for completeness in our lives. When we do so, we can tap into our greatest feelings of awe and gratitude for the magnificent world around us and within us.
In the days ahead, may you give yourself some breathing room and experience the completeness of your life just as it is.
How might you give yourself some breathing room in this “empty” time between endings and beginnings?