Theme parks. Party themes. Theme songs.
Are you catching the theme?
Themes are a way of organizing a big picture category, a vibe, a value, a guiding principle.
Disney chose the theme “The Happiest Place on Earth” and everything associated with this franchise is driven to fulfill that experience.
Resolutions are the typical theme of the New Year, but I recently read a blog post suggesting swapping out resolutions for choosing a theme for your year.
What if you viewed your life as a PARTY. What kind of theme would you choose? What’s the party you would want to go to?
Suppose you chose the theme of health and well being. Think of how many choices you would have each and every day to see if your actions fit your theme: from food to exercise to sleep to healthy thoughts?
What if Gratitude were your theme? How many different ways could you express gratitude from verbally thanking someone (as we are accustomed) all the way to the most minute dissected awareness of gratitude.
Take the simple act of eating an apple. You could be grateful to the people who created the seeds for planting, the people who planted the seeds, those who fertilized them and tended to the orchards, those who harvested the apples and trucked them to the store, those who set the apples in the bins, and those who sold them to you.
Themes can make choices and actions clearer and more defined.
Does this fit my theme?
This year I am going for a triple A theme: Alignment, Allowance , Adventure.
Alignment allows me to seek and connect with my higher power. Alignment invites me to be responsible for my thoughts and mental hygiene. Not feeling good is a signal that I am out of alignment–just like when my wheels and steering are off, I know I need alignment.
Allowance is a place of receptivity and flow. It is the opposite of resistance. Allowance is also about Acceptance. Acceptance without judgement ALLOWS me to choose where I want to be.
Adventure is about being daring and exploring the unknown, whether it is in relationships or exotic destinations. Adventure is about moving into unfamiliar territory and trying new things. It is about expansion.
So what will you choose as your theme for 2017?
Wishing you a buoyant, bubbly new beginning. Live joyously and clean in 2017.