written by Veronica M. Hay
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Today is the last day of January 2009 and this morning I was looking at my calender at February and it occurred to me that it is the perfect month. It begins on a Sunday, the start of a new week and it ends on a Saturday, the last and final day of the week.
It consists of only 28 days, 4 full weeks, and unlike the other months of the year there are no extra days dangling off the end.
And to make it even sweeter, there is a celebration smack dab in the middle on Valentine’s day.
As I looked at the calender, I thought to myself, what could I do with this perfect month? I feel as though it is a gift and I could wrap it in bright red paper and tie it in a bow and give it away to others and to myself.
As I stared at the 28 days sitting there before me, all in a row, on the calendar, I wondered to myself.
Where will I be on the last day, what will I have accomplished, what will I have done with this precious month that I have been given. What new people, experiences, habits, will I welcome into my life and which ones am I now ready to let go of?
What one thing can I promise myself to do every single day, for just 28 days, and keep my word about it, and how will I feel at the end when I have completed it?
What if I could just get inside of this box. I could say to myself “Here I am. I’m in February.” How would I see the world from there and how would the world see me? How would I choose to BE inside this box?
What if I chose to be totally present and conscious, not walking around in a daze, but aware of each moment, taking nothing for granted, counting each blessing, savoring each encounter, relishing each experience, feeling grounded to the earth, perhaps for the very first time, viewing it all from a higher place than before. And if I found myself off centre, I could remember, “Hey, I’m in February” and get back in the box, so to speak, get right back on track. I could remember that again, and again and again, if I needed to. I could do that for just 28 little days!
How about you? Will YOU join me? I am giving you this precious gift, this February. Rip off the paper, unwrap the bow, and get inside the box, really get inside February!
We’ll meet again at the end. We’ll have a lot to talk about, you and I. I’m sure of it.
Happy February 2009!
Veronica Hay is an inspirational writer living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada