As the season of gift giving is about to begin, I find myself reflecting on all that I’ve done, or not done, and what I want to do differently in the New Year. My urge to gather loose ends and wrap up presents is all part of the same flow. I thank each of you loyal readers for opening my blog week after week over the past two and a half years. Many of you shared your responses, either publicly or through email. I’ve enjoyed the connections tremendously, so the decision to conclude after this post was not easy.
It’s hard to say which meant more to me, the gifts of writing, or reading your responses. I loved the weekly meditation on whatever surfaced as worthy of notice, and loved as much your comments.
But everything has a natural ending. Often the timing feels right when something comes full circle, or there’s a growing sense of wholeness inside.
Becoming oneself has been the major theme of both my book and blog. In rereading my first post from June 2013, I’m struck by the circularity of theme from then to now. Becoming oneself is a form of coming home. I wrote, “Turtles carry their homes on their backs. They don’t need the protection of the outside world to say, ‘I’m home.’”
Being home is a form of belonging. Ironically, we have to leave home in order to become ourselves.
As I wrap up my blog, I want to leave you with a few gifts from things I’ve learned along the way:
1. Care for yourself every day.
2. When you feel you don’t belong, connect with nature or friends.
3. Find beauty. It helps dissipate fear.
4. Breathe deeply to find presence.
5. Presence connects you to everything.
6. Live the life that’s true to you, not the one you were expected to live.
7. Let go of everything you hold onto. Life is there to catch you.
Thank you for your good and abiding company. May you find comfort and peace in becoming and being yourself.