The name “January” is derived from the name of the Roman god, Janus, the masculinized form of Anna Perenna, the goddess of the coming year as well as all the years before and all the years ahead. Like Anna, Janus looks into the past and future at the same time. This makes January a great time to examine where we have been and where we want to go, especially focusing on new beginnings.
For me, January has been all about simplifying as well as focusing on what is important and who I want to be. With the help of Christine Mason Miller’s Desire to Inspire, I did a little digging work and crafted a mission statement to use my energy for what matters to me. A mission statement is dynamic and ever-changing, but provides center when you loose your way. It will probably change, but for now my mission statement is:
I would love to live a mindful life of meaning, contentment, and fulfillment in my relationship with myself and others. My daily words and actions will reflect my values of honesty, spiritual growth, compassion and kindness. I will find fulfillment by offering my voice and my gifts to the world and finding joy and beauty in each moment.