Recently, a friend nominated me to participate in the FaceBook Book Challenge. I agreed to do it and, per the instructions, posted a new book cover everyday for seven days without any explanations or other words to explain my selections. I loved taking a few extra moments each day to think about which books were in the backdrop of some of the most significant times in my life. I hadn’t thought about some of the books in years and it was fun to think about where I was at the time I read it and why that particular story made such an impact. The book challenge gave me the idea to do a similar exercise here on my blog. Instead of a book challenge, though, this an invitation to disconnect from all external distractions and reconnect with your most powerful source: YOU. Every month throughout 2020 I’m going to post a piece of writing without weaving it into a bigger theme or placing context around it. Read the selection and pay attention to what thought or feeling first comes to mind and then spend a few moments with that awareness (no excuses! A minute will suffice if that’s what’s available). Let whatever it is that wants to rise up, rise up – no judgements, no expectations. Feel free to write, draw, or share your experience in whatever way feels right for you…remember, though, the goal isn’t to do something this instant. Just notice and be curious (aka being mindful).
Month 1 of the 12 Month Invitation to Insight:
“Nobody’s going to do your life for you. You have to do it yourself, whether you’re rich or poor, out of money or raking it in, the beneficiary of ridiculous fortune or terrible injustice. And you have to do it no matter what is true. No matter what is hard. No matter what unjust, sad, sucky things have befallen you. Self-pity is a dead-end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It’s up to you to decide to stay parked there or to turn around and drive out.”