January has been a long 5 weeks this year. That’s more time to think about where we are, where we want to be in life. Most of all, the question to ask is, WHY we are here. As I mentioned before, Winter is the season where we would benefit most by taking more time for restorative, nourishing sleep, like Mother Earth conserving energy for the new growth of spring to come. It is the time where Nature reveals the true essence of life, the simplicity and beauty of it all.
If we tap into the power of Nature, sleep and dreams (more on dreams later), it can move us to draw our energy inwards, into the deepest essence of WHO we are and WHY we are here. I had several experiences that prompted me to ask again, WHY we do what we do. Getting absolutely crystal clear on this is necessary to move forward for the rest of this year. My mantra for 2019 is ‘Change Begins Within’ and that starts with understanding the WHO and WHY questions to ask ourselves.
“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.” Rosa Parks
I’m back in the US to look after my ageing parents and I try to help in other ways and continue to learn more about caregiving. My mother turned 90 last November and asked me last week to prepare her church memorial leaflet starting with ‘In Loving Memory of Esperanza Cristobal Secretario’.
I don’t know about you, but this is not something I had not thought of doing for her. My mother has already prepared everything from all the estate planning to the dress she wants to be buried in. All this is a part of our own preparation for her departure as well as hers by thinking of others. This is truly a ‘gift’ of love to prepare for our own death so as to be clear if you want as well as not burden others with what to do. The details count but what is the big picture here? How do you want to be remembered?
The ‘gift’ I would like to offer, to pay forward is to help others with this most often neglected aspect of our health, SLEEP but also ENERGY, the energy we get from having sleep and health. I see every single day when my parents don’t sleep well which is quite often. When my mother doesn’t sleep well, she tells us that she’s ready to die now because of the pain she’s experiencing. When she does have a good night’s sleep, she doesn’t say such things. Sleep has that impact on our thoughts!
I know that our sleep patterns change as we age but it’s like life, we can appreciate the QUALITY of life (and sleep) more than quantity or material things that surround us. We do have a choice how we feel, the thoughts we choose and how we want to be remembered. That change in our thinking starts deep inside ourselves and thinking about your impact on others.
“Every person has a legacy even though you may not know what that is. I believe every person has an impact on this world.” Mag
Let’s talk about the impact you want to make!