A new beginning!!!Â Woo hoo!!!Â Iâ€™m seizing the chance to wrestle freedom from the clutches of habit and external limits.Â Iâ€™m not sure which is more amazing â€“ how freedom remains an option or how increasingly daunting habit and circumstance appear.Â Iâ€™m treasuring the possibility to choose my attitude, choose my thoughts, and choose my behavior, in a special way this week, as I mark not only a new year but the end my first half century on the topside of this planet.Â Yup, Iâ€™m turning 50.
At 16, the freedom and therefore possibility that I could be and do anything enthralled me.Â From about 22, reality unceasingly insisted itself upon me.Â Limits continually arose, as if out of a mist:Â the external terrain and my time, talent, and temperament were fixed and constrained possibility.Â But despite the realization of every unavoidable limit â€“ freedom remained, and in a sense became therefore more precious and amazing.
So, I wonâ€™t just let external circumstances or inner habit dictate how things will be for me.Â Instead, Iâ€™ve written out goals for 2008.Â And Iâ€™m leading a retreat this month to invite others to boldly write theirs.Â I hope you too will exercise the extraordinary freedom to detach yourself from external circumstance and inner habit, and choose the path youâ€™ll take this year.Â Making choices and setting an intention about what you want has power to blow away what appear to be unavoidable limits.
And we can choose to keep exercising freedom in the year ahead.Â How amazing that we can admit the limit â€“ 2007 is gone forever â€“ yet choose to start anew, able to choose our attitude and action in every one of the practically infinite â€œnowâ€™sâ€ that arise . . . now . . . now. .Â and again, now.*Â So, think about writing your goals for the year ahead, and seize the now that is always at hand!
Youâ€™ve got to be free to lead with your best self!
* On the topic of â€œthe now,â€ one of the best books I have ever read is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.Â I found enormous practical life value in the clarity and insight of his ideas.