This is a sunrise photo that was taken yesterday from the bridge to Lido Key. It was a magical walk in the balmy morning air. Just as the sun was rising in the East, the full moon was setting over the ocean in the west.
Getting up early and enjoying the quiet of the morning is just one of the many things I enjoy doing here in Florida. It's been two weeks since our arrival here, and there are a couple of ideas that have come to the forefront of my mind as a result:
1. I absolutely love living by the sea!
If you're a big fan of the movie, Elf, like I am, there's a scene where Will Ferrell prances into his father's office, twirling around in bliss. He's singing "I'm in love, I'm in love, and I don't care who knows it!" That's exactly how I feel here in Sarasota!
2. It's important to focus on what's important.
There are so many places to go, things to do, and people to see, that days can seem to fill up fast--if not faster--than before. I've made a list in my journal of things that are of greatest importance to me. I focus on these things first, and then let the rest fall into place. This allows me to feel a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment in the actions I take.
3. Keep things simple.
There really are a lot of places I want to go, things I want to do, and people I want to see. One of the best descriptions given to me, by a good friend of mine, was that I have the personality of a racehorse. Once the gates are open for me to run, i want to sprint toward the finish line as quickly as possible. And, with all of the desires I have about life, that can cause me to want to travel rapidly in many directions at one time.
Instead of going all out, all at once, I'm keeping things simple. For it's in this simplicity that I find clarity. Then, from this clarity, I can spring forward with enthusiasm, eagerness, and purpose.
That being said, I did a really cool, yet simple, activity last night that helped me clear out some space in my living environment. .
It's from Suzie Orman, and the four steps are as follows:
Step 1: Get rid of excess junk
Go through your home, and find 25 things that you are willing to throw away. Look through the house, garage, drawers, closets, and cupboards. The goal is to clear any clutter that is unusable, or no longer serving you. Acknowledge that these items served you at some time, and then let them go. Throw them away and feel a sense of lightness in your being.
Step 2: Discover newfound abundance
Go through your home a second time, only this round, search for any loose change or misplaced bill. Who knows? You might find extra money in the pocket of a pair of jeans, or last years' winter coat, or even the trays in the car.
Place these newfound items into a jar or bowl, and set it in a place where you pay your bills. This will remind you of the abundance of the Universe, and that there are many resources to which you have access at any given time. Sometimes, you just haven't looked yet.
Step 3: Tap into your generosity
The third step is--you guessed it--to go through your house a third time and find 25 items that are still in good shape, but really no longer of use to you. I found some clothes that were just a touch too small, that I always kept in case I could wear them again. I also found a few bathroom knick-knacks that I might have wanted to use when redecorating. In truth, they both were a reflection of my past self. While these items could be sold at the neighborhood yard sale at the end of the month, take them to a donation center instead.
As a side note here, I have sold some items on craigslist this week, and I just love the synchronicity of meeting people who are looking for just the item that you are selling. There can be such a good flow of appreciation on both ends... and a chance to meet some really fascinating people in the meantime. In any case, I like to approach giving with the same intention. I trust that the things that at one time meant so much to me will do so, in perfect timing, for someone else.
Step 4: Define what you value, and why
The last step is the final trip around your home. This time, take note of the items that mean everything in the world to you. Consider items with which you would never choose to part. What is of most value to you? And, why?
This exercise is designed to help you refine your definition of value.
In this last step, I found that the things I treasured most, were items with which I felt deep sense of appreciation. I had fond memories attached to them, and I enjoyed the synchronicity of their manifestation. I felt expansion in the adventure they provided, and I enjoyed the steps taken along the way to receiving them. This helped me refine my desires, and eventually choose something that made my heart sing.
This entire exercise only took about 30 minutes or so, although it might take you closer to an hour. It allowed me to further my prioritization on simplicity, and also created more space, more honesty, more awareness, and more possibility to welcome in my dreams for the year ahead.
The best part?
It allowed me to focus for a short period of time.
We've got the whole year ahead. Why not choose to enjoy it one moment at a time?