Years ago, one of my mentors was talking me through a challenging situation and she asked me:
“when you are 90 years old sitting in your rocking chair on the porch,
will this situation be one of the things you reflect on?
Is this a rocking chair moment?”
This brief conversation has stayed with me and has helped me navigate difficult decisions ever since.
It also gave me a focal point for envisioning my life at 90.
First, do I want to be sitting in a rocking chair on my porch?
Yes, very much.
With a cup of coffee or tea, just observing life and nature around me- feeling connected to it all. That sounds perfect.
I'm not sure if I will need to reflect on big adventures or big achievements as much as I want to be comfortable in that space- in my own skin, hoping that I did more good then harm in my life and feeling the peace of forgiveness and acceptance and gratitude.
When I picture little old me in this space- I feel permission...
to be human
to try new things and take risks
to feel emotions- even when they hurt
to accept the changes in my body
to cultivate more compassion
to take care of myself and others
to hold on loosely
to be more present in the current season
This past year has been filled with tender, challenging moments for everyone.
And in the midst of it, I know there are some rocking chair moments.
What are they for you?
What do you want them to be?
Have a great weekend:)