“I want first of all… to be at peace with myself. I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central core to my life that will enable me to carry out these obligations and activities as well as I can. I want, in fact–to borrow from the language of the saints–to live “in grace” as much of the time as possible. I am not using this term in a strictly theological sense. By grace I mean an inner harmony, essentially spiritual, which can be translated into outward harmony. I am seeking perhaps what Socrates asked for in the prayer from the Phaedrus when he said, “May the outward and inward man be one.” I would like to achieve a state of inner spiritual grace from which I could function and give as I was meant to in the eye of God.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh
As the year comes to an end, I don't want to create resolutions as hard tasks to be met but to reach for grace: the beautiful inner grace as described by the eloquent Anne Morrow Lindbergh in Gift from the Sea. If you haven't read this short, insightful novel, I highly recommend it. Anne shares her inner most thoughts and through her musings you are drawn to inner contemplation.
A state of internal grace is something that, like all other good things, takes work. As a mother, wife, employee and most of all a woman, I put myself last after all the errands, tasks etc. are completed. The reality is that they are never completed because there's always a dinner to make or someone needs help. I'll be better at all of the above if I afford myself the same consideration that I give to all my other responsibilities.
I get things done when I put them on a list so I'm making a list, not of resolutions, but things that I can do to help nurture and renew my inner grace. We all need time to spend alone to reflect and renew our spirit and be the people that we want to be.
My wish list to create a state of grace:
- Focus on gratitude and thankfulness.
- Fill my happiness jar as suggested by Elizabeth Gilbert. I found the perfect antique blue Mason jar and I'm excited to fill it with colored bits of paper with happy, hopeful thoughts from my day. What will fill your happiness jar this year?
- Find the time I need to refill my inner creative fountain and make the time to express what I find.
- Read more books to educate and inspire me.
- Hit more yoga classes.
- Write more book reviews of the books I read to help the authors whom I enjoyed.
- Celebrate my family and friends.
- Put a love lock somewhere this year on a trip with my husband.
- Make more things from my fantastic Pinterest boards. It's such a great feeling to create something.
I also hope to find more time to write in the new year which will only happen if I make the time. Thank you to you, my wonderful reader, for all your support of me and my writing. It means to world to me! I have so much to be thankful for my family, friends, colleagues and all the wonderful things that happened in 2012.
I wish you a lovely new year ahead and hope that you too will able to create a state of grace and peace. Do you have anything that you will be striving to achieve in the upcoming year?
“One writes not to be read but to breathe…one writes to think, to pray, to analyze. One writes to clear one's mind, to dissipate one's fears, to face one's doubts, to look at one's mistakes–in order to retrieve them. One writes to capture and crystallize one's joy, but also to disperse one's gloom. Like prayer–you go to it in sorrow more than joy, for help, a road back to ‘grace'.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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