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Aged to Perfection: aspirations, not resolutions.....

What questions will YOU ask in 2018?

No resolutions, just private aspirations to be embraced....

Visualization works for me; I picture myself doing a task that I avoid, and suddenly it doesn't seem so daunting. I can get up off the couch and begin putting that image into reality.

Whatever works for YOU. What have you always wanted to do, but never thought you were important enough to take the time or maybe the money to make it happen?

A few years ago, I read a book called The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom, by Angeles Arrien. I was struggling with one of those important birthdays, one that ends in zero. And I don't mean 20 or 30 or even 40. OK. OK. Not even 50. Anyway, you know what they say about coincidence, right? This book appeared somehow, I don't even remember how.

The author relates an oral tradition from the Pyrenees Mountains in which the people embark on a year-long journey, when they feel the need for renewal, during which they do one thing each month that they've never done before.

After one false start on my part--it was hard to think of things that I was willing to do AND had the money to do--I ended up exploring for two full years! I did everything from riding a motorcycle to taking a piano lesson to taking my first ballroom dance lesson! Those two years transformed my life. I find myself more open to the unknown, even today, after more than four years have passed. Less consumed by what others might think of me. More fun!

So, as we begin a new year, don't make resolutions you won't keep. Which is the way of most resolutions. Toss aside the person you have become in order to please everyone else. Instead, aspire to be a better version of the person YOU want to be.

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