this stick is made for walkin’…

My word for this year is LEARN.  

So it just makes sense to use this Year of Sundays to reflect on 52 of my most significant Life Lessons.   Some may seem more significant than others, but each one has changed how I live my life in powerful way.   I’d love to hear if and how any of these same lessons have surfaced in the classroom of Your Life.

lesson15Rituals are my friend. 

I’m not really a list-maker by nature, but I LOVE other rituals.   And I have a lot of them.

My favorite annual ritual is re-painting my walking stick on my birthday.    I’ve been doing this for years – not sure how many.   I spend a few days pondering what I THINK I want my stick to represent for the coming year.   Early on my birthday morning, I sand this piece of sassafras then begin the process of painting.   Some of you may remember that a few years ago, one of my intentions was to embrace my ‘inner orange’ (my least favorite color).

54th yearLast year, it was the  ‘starry night’ stick.  The colors were kinda muted and flowed together with a few specks 55thyearof bright thrown in there.   I made these choices because I had a lot of questions last year.   I was feeling curious and cautious.

I don’t yet have a name for my stick this year and maybe I don’t need one; because I do have an intention.   I’m being more deliberate this year.  My mantra is “I meant to do that.”   I intend to learn a lot this year.   And I intend to make a lot of mistakes.  So I’ve used bright and powerful colors that I love.  While I had some guidelines, I didn’t follow all of them.  And ya know what?   I meant to do that.

What have you meant to do lately?