2017’s Wisdom

Pines in Iowa.jpgI always find this season valuable for reflecting on the year behind and envisioning the year ahead. To support my focus, I’ve been reviewing my experiences and what I learned in 2017, that it might support me in fully living 2018.

The ideas I shared in in last year’s blogs aren’t necessarily new in my thinking; however, the way they are expressed and the context in which they come alive for me continues to evolve. Below are the golden nuggets that I’m taking away to carry with me into the new year. I thought you might enjoy the opportunity to revisit the themes and see them compiled together.

  • A growth mindset involves being curious and open and using questions to deepen our discovery and explore our experiences more deeply. (What did I learn?)
  • Power comes from how we show up, and what’s possible is shaped by the tone we set through our actions, words, and energy. (Setting the tone)
  • Value and contribution arise naturally when we focus on bringing our best to the needs, objectives and challenges of others, organizations, and the world. (The Path to Social Eminence in a Digital World is Value Creation)
  • A key to unlocking collaboration, innovation and the best in others is being present and giving people our full attention. (Diggin’ me diggin’ you)
  • In every moment, there’s opportunity to look inside and outside of ourselves for insight, with incoming information enriching our perspective. (The Truth About Feedback)
  • Every interaction is an opportunity to build strong relationships through not only our words and actions but also the unseen energy of our intentions, attitudes and the beliefs we hold. (The Invisible Touch)
  • Confidence comes from taking small steps toward what we value and from experimenting, learning from our actions, and building on our success. (small steps toward success breed confidence)
  • We can listen to what’s happening in our minds, adjust the words and tone, and focus our thoughts to align with what we want to achieve. (Mindset is the engine that powers success)
  • Focusing on our wellbeing enables us to respond versus react to stressful circumstances at work and home. (Regular recovery is essential for being resilient)
  • Visualizing success is a valuable tool for gaining a clear sense of purpose that pulls us toward important outcomes and brings our energy to things that make a difference in the world. (Sense of Purpose – The Pathway to Success)
  • We always have an impact, even when we do nothing–sometimes especially when we do nothing. (You always have an impact)
  • Mental calmness and composure are available when we are present and aware of what’s happening and focused and intentional about how we respond. (Equanimity)

I’m curious if any of these are particularly resonant for you? The 2nd to last one about our impact has been very ‘sticky’ for me. It was first uttered to me in 2005 by Therese Kienast at the Radical Leadership retreat I attended, and it has been a beautiful echoing reminder ever since to be aware and awake and at choice.

And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.

~ Reinar Maria Rilka


* I took this photo in front of our house on one winter.

Author: Vicki L Flaherty

I am most alive when I am creating, whether through writing, photography, gardening, cooking, crafting, sewing, yoga. I enjoy traveling because it opens me to greater awareness and new possibilities. I find a special joy when I’ve helped someone see their brilliance and express their full potential. As I've focused on living more mindfully, I've found special joy in expressing myself through poetry and photography, and in truly being in relationship with those I meet along my journey.

2 thoughts on “2017’s Wisdom”

  1. Vicki, I remember many of these blogs! I’ve been focusing on using mindfulness to be aware of when I’m stressing or attached to an outcome too tightly. My mentor Martha Beck often quotes, “When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.” This has been my go-to for the last few weeks and it’s instant peace. I let go of the needing an outcome (equanimity) and just trust that what will be will be……….and it’s been working amazingly. I recently drove through the mountains in Maine in some treacherous winter conditions. I was worried about this 11 hour drive and the safety of my family. I kept replaying this quote over and over in my mind and ended up being present for some of the most beautiful scenery. I was also a much more relaxed travel companion for my family! So I’m with you on that 2nd last one!

    1. Sunita, thank you for sharing…my word for 2018 is acceptance…and my intention seems related…to meet life where it is, not impose my expectations on it. The biggest ‘ask’ of the universe, those we love and really anyone we have the honor of connecting with in any way, is for us to be there for the gift of it. I look forward to a mindful year together, Sunita!

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