In the last few weeks, I’ve been looking back at 2013 and asking myself what type of year this has been. Have you been doing the same?
Personally, I feel like the best word to describe my experience of the year of 2013 is Cushion. Perhaps not a normal word to describe a whole year.
There seems to have been a cushion of protective and comforting energy surrounding me and my family throughout 2013, which does not mean that it’s always been an easy year.
While I haven’t made much progress on any of my long-standing goals and aspirations, I have felt that I’m on the right path this year. I’ve been slowly building a financial cushion and a way of life that feels more grounded and peaceful than ever before. I have been grateful for all the cushions that have been provided to me and those I love this year. All in all, I have been delighted to experience an abundant and calmly satisfying year of living.
In a way, it was a strange year, because 2013 was a big year of change for almost everyone around me. By that I mean, so many people in my life were moving from one phase of life to another, often with difficulty. The biggest transformation (and scare) was when my ex-husband had open heart surgery back in August. I blogged about his experience back then. I want to report that he’s doing very well now. His life has changed in a deep way, and he’s now a vegetarian, which if you knew him before, that change alone would be a shock. He’s off to a holiday concert tonight with my two sons, and I’m happy that he’s alive to do that with them. Watching him work so hard to stay alive and get healthier has been inspiring.
I tend to believe that most of us deserve at least one year of our lives when we don’t worry about achievement or fixing ourselves or the world. We deserve a time to simply appreciate the gift of life. 2013 was that kind of year for me. I am so grateful for all the cushioning was provided for me so that I could simply love my life this year. I’m hoping that I have also been a cushion for others as well.
My sense is that 2014 is going to have a different focus, at least for me.
Many of us have heard the expression Get off the cushion or mat, and get out into the world.
There is some of that energy brewing up in me.
My intention in 2014 is to shift the focus of my work. I’ve done some type of consulting or coaching for the last decade of my life, and I want to take a break from that work in the next year. My plan is to focus on creative writing and finding a sustainability project that takes me out into the world more than I’ve been in the last few years. It’s been several years since I’ve done a bigger green project, and I’d like to be involved in one again in some way.
If I win the current Mega-millions jackpot of $550 million (my kids are insisting that we buy a ticket) I would definitely fund a dream that I’ve had for some time, which is to open an organic cafe and spa with an organic farm attached to them. I have no experience to do that now, so maybe next year, I will spend some time at least researching those dreams.
If we win the Mega-millions lottery, then 2014 will be the year of the miracle, but I’m not holding my breath on that possibility. 🙂
The truth is that I have had one of the best years of my life without being wealthy, famous or accomplished in 2013. Most of us know that a lottery win is not a cushion. The cushion we all need comes from the invisible powers of love that move within us, through our lives and in the broader universe. The cushion of love is priceless and available to us all.
What kind of year was 2013 for you? I hope it was a great one!
If you had to use a word to describe 2013 for you, what would it be?
Do you have any intentions or changes that you plan to make in 2014?