It’s Enlightened Me…

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Most people make New Year’s resolutions just before the new year in order to hit it hard once the ball drops…or once the hangover wears off the following day. I, on the other hand, have to let mine stew. I mean, the typical ones go without saying. I’m going to exercise more (so far, so good), I’m going to make healthier food choices (if you forget the brownie I just ate, I’m doing alright)…but the real resolutions…the ones that you want to frame your whole year to make it stand out as better than the year before, those are the ones that take some time to brew.

So my sister came up with this idea–actually, I think she got it from Vivid & Brave, this totally awesome female-run website for female bloggers–to have a quotation as a mantra for the year. The idea is to reference this quotation whenever you feel off track, or whenever you simply need some inspiration. You can make a sticky note to remind yourself of your goal and why you are doing what you are doing. Or, in my case, tattoo it on my hand in Sharpie since I need a constant reminder to keep my ass in line.

Since Lacey is very spiritual, she thought it would be suitable for her quotation to come from the Bible. And since I am a rock-and-roller by nature, she suggested I choose a music lyric that symbolizes how I’d like to roll in 2014. Brilliant. Only choosing a favorite lyric is like choosing a favorite child. I want to be like Kronos and gobble them all up so they become a part of me (but without the evil intentions). So I did what one does when faced with this dilemma…I turned to my favorite jams and started truly listening to the lyrics.

I started, of course, with Red Wanting Blue, as anyone who knows anything about me would guess. Scott Terry’s lyrics move me, and his songs about love and not giving up on your dreams are pure poetry. “Don’t give up, you can keep up, keep on moving, chasing the sound of the sun somewhere going down…” seemed like a good choice, but the past few years have been all about keeping my chin above water and not giving up. I’d like 2014 to be less about maintaining stability and more about excelling.

John Lennon’s “Imagine” was a too obvious choice, though it remains one of my favorites. I tried Lacey’s tack with some praise songs, but I always drifted toward ones that spoke about grace…and I have grappled with forgiving my own mistakes far too long to make this year about pouring grace all over me again. Jack Johnson’s “Times Like These” might have sufficed, but “what will be, will be” is again too much about letting go and letting life control you instead of making your own life moments. And then it hit me…

Now, I’m not a huge Van Halen fan—I was stuck in the NKOTB era when Sammy Hagar hit, and I don’t even want to get into the Roth vs Hagar argument—but I do like the few songs that I know. And “Right Now” will remain in my mind one of the coolest and most significant rock-and-roll videos of the 1990’s. “Right Now,” which is all about focusing on the right here and now because right now is your tomorrow, might seem cliché to some, but it’s a choice that makes sense to me. I particularly like the line, “right now, catch a magic moment… do it, right here and now…” My 2014 mantra…recognize those magic moments, maybe create a few of your own, but do it. And do it right here and right now. Not tomorrow. Not someday. But right this freaking second. Right now.

While I’ve earned enough knockout punches to stop believing that I have complete influence over my destiny, I know that I do have the ability to control how I react to both the stumbling blocks and the shooting stars of life. My goal for 2014 is to be so in the moment that I can catch those shooting stars and revel in the magic of them, not only by myself, but with the ones that I hold dear. So hang on, loved ones, and watch what unfolds…

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