Love Letter to 2018 – Zeal
I feel inspired to share the fruits of my quiet time spent in reflection. It helped me clarify what is important to me and what I want to manifest for 2018. I’m immensely grateful for the solitude, peace, insights, and energy that I found. This is the year to let down the walls around my heart, and open to new possibilities.
I long for your tender embrace. I feel like a young man on the cusp of dating. I’m excited, nervous, and ready to try something new. I’m ready to let go of fears, limits, and judgments, trusting that life is better on the other side of the walls I’ve built. I’ve locked myself in with fear, complacency, depression, and giving up too often. Clearly, it is time to bring down the walls around my heart. It’s time to feel the pains and the joys, fully embracing the richness of life. I can see how my resistance to life, especially the painful parts, has helped drag them out and create more pain. I’m ready to embrace more of both my inner magnificence and my inner darkness.
I’m ready to live, love, and laugh with zeal like Anthony Quinn in the movie Zorba the Greek. His character has an effervescent zest for life, uplifting all those around him. Zorba teaches us how to enjoy life and live with passion.
I also feel it’s time to bring down the outer walls of judgment and separation between people. There is no “them.” We are both the enemy and the hero of our lives. We have fought too many wars in the name of race, religion, politics, gender, country, culture, and status. It’s time to drop the labels and divisive language, then realize that under the surface differences, we share a common humanity.
Embracing my inner lover, I’m ready to express more passion for life and live fully. I’m in a relationship (connected) with everyone and everything, so why not embrace them with passion. I plan to make love to my food, friends, enemies, work, play happiness, and sadness. Yes, let’s be wild and embrace it all.
My sincere wish is that this love letter will inspire you to find your own path to passion, play, possibility. These three “p” words are my watchwords for 2018; my guiding values and intentions to remind me what is important and how I want to “be” in the world.
My purpose statement is “to play with passionate possibilities.”
After watching Christy Whitman’s video below, I was inspired to focus on one word that would feed my soul and guide my year. During meditation, I heard the word zeal and knew this was the one. Zeal feels alive and exciting, just like I want to feel for 2018. It’s amazing that I even feel zeal is possible after so many challenging years filled with depression, fear, giving up, and living in survival mode. The word zeal nicely enfolds, focuses, and enhances my watchwords and purpose.
I feel more alive simply reading or saying the word zeal!
This video by Christy offers a nice meditation to guide us in letting go of the old and making room for the new in 2018.
I encourage you to find a word to guide your new year like a beacon on the horizon. Anytime you feel off, simply remember your word and return to your heart/ soul. Christy Whitman calls these words “essence words” because they feed, nurture, and focus our essence. And don’t worry about finding the perfect word. Simply pick one and go with it. Any word that describes an energy like joy, peace, or play will feed your soul and move you forward. The key to living more fully is to keep returning to our soul and feeding our essence.
Life is easier when we play so I intend to make this process a game. Pick a word, and let the games begin! 🙂