“In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.”
When I started writing this blog in 2014, I really had no idea what I wanted it to be. I knew at the time that I wanted it to be a place where I could ask the questions that come up for me, and share what I was learning. When I look back at the first post, I realize that those questions still serve me well as I plan for 2018, for which I feel very grateful.
As I have been looking back into the blog this week, I realize how much the feedback of readers have changed and shaped it. For every one of you who have written in with suggestions, comments and ideas, THANK YOU! I recognize how much better the blog is because of your willingness to be builders with me.
In the 4 years since writing that post, I have experienced all the emotions in Thurman’s quote. There have been times of great joy and sadness, growth and learning, success and failure, but in it all, I have learned to listen to the whispers of my heart more, and to trust that things are as they are supposed to be.
Which brings me to 2018. I have all sorts of wishes and plans for 2018, all of which I am working into plans with deliverables and deadlines. This part of the process is important and helps me measure where I am with things.
I have been using those same 5 questions from 2014 to work through the lessons I learned and to define the person I am becoming as I learn and grow.
This year, I re-affirmed my 2 core values, which has been a practice of mine for the last few years. Which values do I want at the centre of my life in 2018? How do I pay attention to my life so that I know when I am true to my values or drifting? How might my life be different if these core values defined every part of my life?
I hope that the new year offers you time to be quiet and listen to the whispers of your heart. I wonder what you will find there that will anchor you for the year ahead?