Day 1 of the New Year

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ for me. It is a sort of splendid torch, which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make to burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
                                                                 ~George Bernard Shaw

Got to do candlelight yoga today–it feels so good to work your core body muscles to the point where they are shaking, and to know that with each exercise, you are getting stronger.

I made all these new year plans/goals/resolutions to go to bed earlier, get up earlier, eat breakfast, take time to enjoy nourishing meals, exercise daily, and to live more like the George Bernard Shaw quote and this:
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6 thoughts on “Day 1 of the New Year

    • Because the way I see it, the new year is a chance to reflect on those things that you want to be, the person you are becoming and who you *want* to become, and what you want to do with your “one wild and precious life.” And new years resolutions are a little way to find that new fresh breath, to inhale deeply, and start again with some resolve.
      To think “I can.”
      I almost decided not to make any, but then there were too many things that I wanted to resume, so I made the most of it. :) I see it in a way as stoking my torch to burn a little brighter.
      PS I like your blog!
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  1. Shana,

    I lovelovelove the George Bernard Shaw quote. You don’t realize what an inspiration you are, actually out there, living a life that really encapsulates the meaning behind those words.


    • Wow, thanks Nomes! That’s so sweet of you to say that–it means a lot! I feel like I’m more trying to live up to those words than really living them some days, but it’s amazing to be working with doctors who have been here for decades who truly embody these words! It’s humbling and inspiring, and on the days when I feel tired and start turning into a ‘selfish little clod’, I see them and think “I can do more!” And it is super rewarding to get to be here in this amazing community! :)

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