Secondhand Wisdom for 2015 (or at least for January)

It’s been an odd 2015 so far. Challenging and unexpected feelings and events already taking place. I’m choosing not to read into it all that much. Things happen when they happen. There’s not ALWAYS a reason.

One event that I thought I would share with Life As a Wave readers pertains to my fabulous and feisty grandmother, ~~~M Wave~~~, nonagenarian and past contributor to Life As a Wave (check out her posts, What’s New With Being Old and Remembering a Sip of Cream). Just a few days ago she fell at her home and broke her arm so badly that she had to have surgery to reset it. That gave us all a good scare of course and a good post-holiday slap across the face to stop us from belly-aching about all the sugar we ate and remember instead what is really important.

One of the things I treasure the most about my grandmother is how she is still one of the first people I want to call when I’m at my wit’s end and need a strong female voice to pull me off the ledge. “What will I ever do without her??” I sometimes worry. Luckily we are both planners and we have already made a pact that no matter who goes first we will make our best effort to visit one another from the beyond. So that’s covered.

While I was visiting her from California this New Years she shared with me an analogy that she recently heard. I can’t remember where, so now it is just hers. 🙂 It goes like this…

Living life is like driving a car. Looking at your past is like using your rear view mirror…it is a small view and should only require a brief glance. Looking toward your future though is like looking out the windshield…the viewpoint is much larger and the looking quite longer. If you spend all your time looking in the rearview, you’ll surely crash. Move forward and enjoy the wide view of your future ahead. 

Photo by S Wave. Los Padres National Park

Photo by S Wave. Los Padres National Park

A little something to help us along through a new January, a new year and an ever new life. Happy New Year everyone! Keep looking forward and tell the people you love that you love them.

~~~S Wave~~~


Sacred Present

“Talk happiness; talk faith; talk health. Say you are well, and all is well with you, and God shall hear your words and make them true.” –Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I recently encountered a site called Consciousness Playground, created by Wendy Down, a life coach in Ontario. So far it seems like an interesting place to explore modalities for exploration in consciousness.

One thing that caught my attention as I as perusing the site was Ms. Down’s use of a one-word theme to usher in the New Year. Her 2012 word was GIVE, her 2013 word (okay, 2 words) was THANK YOU, and now for 2014 her word is REINVENT. I love it!

I can confidently say that Ms. Down seems to be one of many who are approaching 2014 with a sense of reinvention, if not a specific driven intention to reinvent themselves. Or, as I would phrase it, allowing reinvention to take place in their lives. This reinvention pattern that I have been seeing is more than New Year resolutions. Many people have crossed my path who seem to be opening themselves up to something inside them that feels like it needs to “express itself.” They have shared a feeling of “bubbling up” in them, of wanting to be more “authentic,” and to speak what they “really want.” They want to embrace whatever that inner calling is!

Ms. Down is also not alone in adopting a word or phrase for the year ahead. A relative of mine recently shared that she had also chosen a word for 2014 based on where she sees her life with her family heading and what she most wishes for that journey.

If there really is a time of reinvention into which we have entered, I welcome it! It resonates with my own life the past few months as I have opened myself up to new paths and possibilities and as those paths and possibilities have begun to materialize.

And my word for the year? SACRED. And…PRESENT. Can I have two? Yes, of course we can! So my phrase for the year is SACRED PRESENT. The year ahead is full of sacred experiences and opportunities and I will remain present to witness and participate in them.

What will your word or phrase be?

Whatever it might be, know that I join you in blessing your year ahead with that idea. 

Post your word in your home. Paint it, sing it, sit with it in silence. Feel it in your soul like it already is and expect to see it begin.

With love,

~~~S Wave~~~


UPDATE (12/12/12):

Since these last two posts that introduced my HERE I AM! plan, I have heard from a number of you telling me that you also will be writing your own list of intentions. I just want to say how honored I am to be included in this exciting and sacred journey that you are embarking on. Whether there are big changes ahead for you, small steps that you will take, or simply increased awareness about your life, I send you all my encouragement and love. I’m right there with you and look forward to hearing about your experience.

~~~S Wave~~~


After writing about my HERE I AM list in yesterday’s post (don’t forget to read it!), I was left wondering when I should write my list. As soon as possible? January 1st? Midmonth? I left the questions to answer themselves. (A good thing to practice, by the way.)

And then a friend pointed out to me that tomorrow is 12/12/12. She said that she is planning on writing out her own HERE I AM! list of intentions tomorrow because it “feels like a strong spiritual day.” I couldn’t agree more! It was a lovely coincidence because my sister and I were planning on being together on the evening of 12/12/12 and after reading the post, she said she may feel inspired to write one as well. What a beautiful evening it will be then! And yet a third perk for choosing tomorrow: I will now  have an easily remembered date on which to rotate to a new intention. January 12th, February 12h, March 12th…and so on.

So that was decided. Tomorrow night, there will be a special little ceremony as we listen to our hearts, write our lists, and bless them with some words of kindness, gentleness and faith. Then begins the first month of


Out of curiosity, I did want to see if 12/12/12 had any special spiritual meaning. Oh, the things you can find on the internet! But instead of summarizing them here, I am instead going to tell you: make the day what YOU want it to be. Celebrate, pray, love, panic… the end, what you expect is probably to some extent what you are going to get. So choose wisely! I know I am.