It’s New Year’s Day and I’m just arriving at the airport after spending 10 days in Hawaii. Oh, I’m okay now, but rewind a month or so, and I was one, stressed out, hot, holiday mess. Bad enough, my day job as a graphic designer for a tech company was blowing up – unrealistic deadlines with not enough staff on our tiny marketing team …yadda yadda … Add to that the fact that Tara and I were working our butts off in order to launch our ‘baby’ before the new year (TA-DA!). Then my mother went and canceled on me, and the trip I had been planning with her to Hawaii for ages was suddenly solo.
After doing a quick reassessment of the situation, and popping my anti-anxiety meds on my way to the airport (I’m a travel blogger who’s terrified of flying, go figure!) I finally made it to Hawaii, and what’s the first thing I did? Mmm hmm. I ran over a fire hydrant and created a huge exploding geyser as a way of making introductions. The neighbors all came out to see who the idiot that ran over a fire hydrant was. Cest moi! Needless to say, everything flooded and the only thing I managed to do successfully was to get the water shut off for the entire neighborhood the day before Christmas. Welcome to Paradise!
Clearly, I knew I was “off my toot”. I’m known for my smooth Kelly moves when off said “toot,” and this was not my first rodeo. Time to duck and cover, let the dust settle a bit before heading out again to get that mani pedi!
Alignment: My Word For The New Year
All kidding aside, these out-of-control moments remind of who I really am, or more precisely, who I am striving to be….someone who doesn’t run over fire hydrants, someone who remains calm and thinks clearly when life tosses her a foul ball, someone who gets mani-pedis.
Instead of breaking down, I just grab onto the chaos of life and scream, “Woohoo, I got this!” My forty-something self has learned from my 20-something self that jumping on the first crazy train that life sends my way isn’t necessarily the track I want to be on. “Alignment” is my New Year’s word (I do words, not resolutions).
We feel our best when we are in alignment and things run more smoothly as a result. Life seems to go the way we intend it to go. We are in control of our destinies.
What does being in alignment mean? The definition is “to arrange in a straight line”, but it can also mean to arranging things in the correct or appropriate positions. When I hit the fire hydrant, I knew that some realignment needed to happen, and it wasn’t just the fire hydrant (wink, wink).
Steven Aitchison’s blog “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life” is a terrific resource for information on personal development. He advocates creating an immediate physical calm by using rhythmic breathing and body relaxation as a short-term remedy. However, Aitchison posits, that, for a more lasting cure, we need to create an allover awareness of how our bodies and minds are feeling – in alignment (happy, calm, grounded), or out of alignment (stressed, upset, unfocused). By creating an awareness of how we are feeling and finding tools that help us shift back into fear, we can avoid some of the pitfalls that being out of alignment creates (i.e; exploding fire hydrant).
As you can imagine, it’s not hard to get back into calibration when you’re on a beach in Hawaii. Today I am leaving this island in much better shape than I was in when I came.
So….for this new year’s post, I would like to impress upon you the power we have as itty bitty humans to manifest what we want in our lives by striving to live in alignment and be our best selves. There is a quote that I keep at my desk and refer to often….
“Let your alignment with well-being be first and foremost in your life, and let everything else be secondary. Not only will you have an eternally joyous journey but everything you have ever imagined will flow effortlessly into your experience. There is nothing you cannot be or do or have but your dominant intent is to be joyful. The doing and having will come into alignment once you get that one down.” Esther Hicks
Here’s to being joyful!
Happy New Year!