I wanna try something a little different today. When I lived down in Florida, I was given the opportunity to distribute Motivational Monday emails to my team of Literacy AmeriCorps members every week. Monday after Monday, I’d scour the internet for positive messages, linking them to current events and attuning the messages to, what I felt, was the current emotional landscape of my community of service members. It was a small gesture, but I enjoyed it so much, and actually received a lot of positive feedback in return.
Since my blog came into existence back in 2014, I’ve spent a lot of time talking about the hard stuff in life. It seems like I’ve always been good at talking about the hard stuff. But I’ve had an awakening recently and I’d like to experiment.
Starting today, I’d like to turn my blog into its own Motivational Monday archive.
And I’d like to expand my audience to you.
So, if you’re interested in reading short devotionals from a hippie chick living in Northwestern Pennsylvania, you got it.
I’d like to start off this weekly practice by talking about themes, specifically in relation to the new year. Being that today is February 13th, and we’re already way past New Years, this post might seem irrelevant. But I’d like to challenge you to think about it anyway. Besides, many of you probably started off 2017 with a few resolutions in mind, and maybe they’re still around motivating you . . . or maybe they’re not.
But I’m not here to talk about resolutions today. Today, I’d like to ask you a different question. As many of my previous Motivational Monday-ers know, I subscribe to a website called DailyGood: News That Inspires. And it was while browsing this website that I found an article with the following questioning title: What Will The Theme Of Your Life Be In 2017?
You see, what’s cool about humans is that we are all storytellers. From childhood through adolescence, we are constantly creating our stories. And our stories, in turn, create ourselves. Kira M. Newman, author of the online article says,
“Incorporating our goals into the larger narrative of our life can give us more energy to pursue them, and to become the person we want to be . . . not only do stories tell us who we are, but they can also become resources we draw upon in times of difficulty. Recalling stories of strength or resilience helps us confront new challenges, reminding us of how we solved problems in the past. Telling stories can connect us with others, creating intimacy and strengthening relationships. The best stories provide meaning and purpose by linking seemingly random events and experiences into a progressive journey.”
So, my friends, I ask you: what will your story theme be in 2017?
Maybe you’re someone who really wants to rekindle/strengthen friendships – a theme of connection.
Maybe you have a lot of goals for your next career move in 2017 – your theme could be professional growth, or focus.
Maybe you’re finally ready to go back to school, or just want to take some classes in a subject you’ve always wanted to explore – your theme could be learning.
Whatever your theme is, I challenge you to incorporate it into your daily routine. Practice your theme often, and reward yourself for the time you spend dedicated to it.
As for me, well, I’ve spent the last 23 years being my own worst enemy. So my theme for 2017 is love: self-love, intimate love, platonic love, universal love.
I have a feeling that this chapter of my life will be the most fulfilling story yet.
The link to the full text article What Will The Theme Of Your Life Be In 2017? can be found at http://www.dailygood.org/story/1475/what-will-the-theme-of-your-life-be-in-2017-kira-m-newman/.
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe