New Year Guiding Principles

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Sunrise over San Agustinillo , Oaxaca, Mexico

Sunrise over San Agustinillo , Oaxaca, Mexico

As the new year opened up, I found myself hungry…for understanding, for solid ground, for guidance. Looking on the opportunities that lay before me in 2014, I had a need to connect to my values, to what’s important to me. I jotted down many thoughts and ideas as they came to me during my quiet introspective time. I created a set of principles that feel like the right guideposts for me as I stretch into the wonderful possibilities that my relationships, my work, and my life offer to me.

  • I start each day with gratitude for my blessings.
  • I set clear intentions that provide direction for my life.
  • I consciously choose how I view and experience the world around me.
  • I stretch and grow, discovering new things about myself, others, and this amazing world.
  • I accept and celebrate ‘what is’ without judgment or attachment.
  • I open to opportunity and possibility.
  • I access joy in every moment.
  • I attend to my breath when I need peace and contentment.
  • I allow my life to flow from a place of love.
  • I go slow, with attention and focus – I don’t live too fast. 
  • I am graceful, courageous, hopeful.
  • I value relationships and treat every interaction as as a gift. 
  • I meet resistance with curiosity and free myself from struggle by letting go.
  • I act with integrity and seek alignment with my values.
  • I am a stand for health – I believe in enough sleep, a nutritious diet, exercise, rest and relaxation, meaningful work, and quiet introspective time every day.
  •  I believe in balance and wholeness. 
  • I can just BE, and everything will be OK.
  • I am brilliant, amazing, and worthy of living an abundantly delicious life.
  • I let my light radiate into the world. 
  • I seek balance and wholeness.
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About Vicki L Flaherty

I am most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing, gardening, photography, or my work. Running and yoga enrich my being. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. As I've focused on living more mindfully, I've found special joy in expressing myself through poetry and photography, and in truly being in relationship with those I meet along my journey.

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