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Don't Just Sit There

“Even on the right track, you get run over if you just sit there.”

— Will Rogers

The year has begun with renewed enthusiasm. There are times we are meant to sit still in silence and conscious inaction, however too often we sit still as a default position. Not making a decision is making a decision. We wait for life to happen to us, thinking ourselves to be a victim of our circumstances, rather than embracing that life is an interactive, co-created experience where happiness is possible regardless of the circumstances.

We must listen within and become more discerning about when our action is meant to be stillness or when we are called to lean into life by putting our rear on the line.

Instead of total inaction, the other extreme is when we start the New Year with exaggerated expectations. We don’t listen to our inner guidance and we take such big steps forward that we soon run out of steam. We ‘should’ on ourselves to a breaking point and soon return to our ‘do nothing’ position, drained of energy and hope.

Somewhere in between over and under doing is our hope for happiness. Small steps can be as valuable as big leaps of faith. A minor course correction based upon our intuition gets many a ship or plane to the intended destination.

It is better to strive for excellence, rather than perfection, for perfection is only a fleeting moment in time if not an illusion all together. Lean in the direction of your dreams, even if the steps are small, but don’t just sit there unconscious. Believing is seeing, so visualize and feel what you want in your bones. Savor and celebrate every step, for the journey is more important than the destination.

A Conscious Intention for Happiness: Today I dare to clarify what it is I want. I lean in the direction of my dream and feel it in every fiber of my being. I accept my worth, believe I have talents to offer, and with each conscious step, big or small, I celebrate my freedom to choose.