In the name of love—that is, living a life you are deeply and authentically engaged with—I penned three short poems about starting new as our best (or at least better) selves. If a different quality of life is what we desire, then it’s vital that we connect our desire to the people, practices, and beliefs that will enliven this new reality.
With old ways crumbling, new wisdom was rising.
We don’t need to stay stuck in the past, and though we’re connected to how we got here, life isn’t required to go on as it always has. We can make it new. At any time of our choosing.
Just to make sure we’re on the same page, I write about the things I’m currently learning, struggling with, or needing to remember. I write what I need to read and so, as you might guess from the subject of these poems, I am starting new.
I’m learning how to restructure my life, working my way up from the most trivial tasks and routines to a larger picture that paints how I want to feel, what success looks like to me, and where I want to be in five years.
I’m painting a picture of a better life and these poems reflect my intention to live into my highest self—not in five years but starting right now.
At the moment, I’m learning how to honor myself and who I truly feel myself to be, because that has changed dramatically over the past few years and I’m playing a little game of catch-up with my sanity.
I’m figuring out how to express myself more authentically and courageously, mainly with the people who I am closest to (sometimes, the people we love the most are the ones we need to open up to more).
Here’s what I’m finding as I go: Change can be a friend. A best friend. A giver of hope. A teacher of personal freedom. A call for forgiveness. Sometimes, a necessity for sanity.
Another discovery is that we gain a rich sense of meaning when our lives are coherent across all levels of existence—when we feel harmony between our internal and external worlds, between how we think and what we do, between who we’d like to be and the steps we take to live into our imagined best selves.Sometimes, it takes a fed-up body and a tired soul to make you realize that staying the same just isn’t an option anymore. tell a friend
Though I didn’t intend to publish these poems at the start of a new month, I’m not surprised that’s what happened.
Starting new (not running away, to be clear, but, rather, diving deep into the life I want to experience) has been in my heart for some time. I haven’t felt that coherence of a meaningful experience, even though I love this work.
That’s the thing: You can love what you do, but maybe not how you do it, and vice versa. You can love the people in your life but not feel the richness of that connection if you’re not expressing your truth or engaging with others as the person you’d like to be.
Coherence, and happiness, I think, is about what’s between—not just the work or the love, but the way we engage with our work, with others, with what and who we love, and with the world.
Are you taking steps toward living in a loving world, if that’s what you’re after? Are you practicing new thoughts that align with your highest self? Are you building and strengthening connections with the people who you feel good being with?“Do you want to love yourself? Then be congruent with your best self.” @BrendonBurchard tell a friend
To inspire your highest self to step forward, and to let you know that there’s a chance for something new, here’s what I wrote for you. I hope you like it.
3 Poems for Starting New and Diving Deeper into the Life That You Crave
She’s never burned any bridges,
But she thinks about starting over
Somewhere totally new.
Not with fire or fury
Reflecting in her eyes—
Nothing less than passion,
Nothing but the brightness of the future,
Nothing but the connections that make her
Feel good enough
Just being who she knows herself to be.
— Looking forward
What do I have to do
To feel like I’m wholly new?
How to mend this overwhelming brokenness
That’s taken root
Deeper than hope seems to go.
The tectonic plates of my internal landscape
And there are heart-shattering earthquakes
Coming real soon.
I’m not sure there’s anything I can do
To avoid the teachings that’ll
Surely come through.
I pray something worthwhile is delivered
By the molten rock
That covers everywhere I’ve walked
And changes everything iv’e known as the truth.
— New ground
Who says you can’t be
What you’re expected to be?
When it comes to living in love,
There is no reason
Not to blossom
That’s good enough to follow.
You cannot hide in shallow waters for long, for
No excuse is clever enough
To a heart that knows how it feels.
Anything short of authenticity
Would be wrong.
Like the flowers unravel and
The cocoon is meant to be broken open,
Be what Love pulls you to be.
— Breaking free
Tell me, honestly:
What area of your life could use a minor or major renovation, a quality-of-life makeover?
How do you want to feel? What can you do today to live into the life you feel calling you?
Share your favorite poem or verse, a time you gave yourself a chance to live again/differently, heartfelt sentiments, and any stories with me in the comments.
Give the gift of imagining a new kind of life, and share these poems with a friend.
Ask what your highest self would do, and then do something to live into that reality.