How Much Planning Do You Do?

Cherry tree 2December of every year, my Facebook feeds start flooding with various posts on how to greet the new year, what plans to make, how to make plans – whether it be deciding on a word to guide one through the year, or creating a mandala for the year or a dream board or a vision board – the idea is that one has to plan and map the coming year so one knows exactly where to head.

I get caught in this religiously every year and my journaling towards end of December is always filled with plans, ideas, questions to answer, themes to choose from etc etc.,  Its a good practice to reflect on the year passing so the same mistakes will not be repeated.

So, the process has begun already and this year I have joined #quest2015 – you can learn more about it here –

One of the questions posed by Jason Silva is as follows

In what ways might you artfully curate your life in 2015 to occasion serendipity, creativity and awe?Ontological designing says: We design our world and the world designs us back. What are the linguistic and creative choices you can make in 2015 that will in turn act back upon you and transform you?

Well, my 2015 is already crowded with ‘to dos’, ‘have to dos’ and ‘must dos’ before it even started.  Some of those things on the list are unavoidable as a bigger picture of what I want to do with my life has unfolded a couple of weeks ago without my voluntary involvement – “Serendipity – the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.”  I was gobsmacked.

So, every other ‘must do’ will have to revolve around those things so it can all happen without losing myself in that process.  I am trying to accept that serendipity with grace even in the face of overwhelm and  need to steer 2015 creatively so I can maintain balance in all the five personality domains of life – physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual.  Any one domain neglected, the rest will suffer.

It has now become an urgency to curate 2015 with decisions on how I desire to feel in all those five areas.  I believe in Danielle Laporte’s #desiremap  If I know the choices I am making in how I feel, then those feelings will guide my actions.

So the predominant choice that I am going to make this coming year is that

“I choose to Love.  I will love everything that I have to do, must do and choose to do”

It is said that what we focus on grows – so why not focus on Love? But Love is too broad a word isn’t it? How can we love everything? Is it possible?

Well, Love manifests itself in many forms.  If we are open, aware and curious of the world around us, we will most certainly curate every area of our lives and only fill them with love.  The moment we start judging we shut down and there is no life in living when curiosity dies.

So, here is what I am going to do in 2015.

I will get curious about every opportunity, every encounter, and every possibility in every step of the way. I will show interest in others more than I do in myself; I will be compassionate as well as self-compassionate and I will let creativity guide all my actions.  I will separate the actions from the actors so I am not judging people. I will live in gratitude in the NOW.

When I live life with a respectful awe and wonder, the sacred returns.  A life filled with sacred has only room for love.

So, what are your plans for 2015? How do you want it to take shape? How will you know when that happens? Please share how you approach a new year.

Would love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time

With Love and Respect

Padma Ayyagari