Yippee! It’s TODAY, my favourite day!! “What, why?!”, I hear you ask.
It is the last day of the month, a day of completion!
It is the last day of the month and week, a day for completion. I used to work in a job where month-end was filled with stress and deadlines. Though that is no longer my reality, I still use the end of the month to take stock and create completion with what did or didn’t work out before setting my goals for the new month.
The month is over, but is it complete?
Just because something is over, doesn’t necessarily mean it is complete. Creating completion is and intentional act. In some cases this looks like actually completing a task. In other cases, it requires us to make a decision, to integrate a truth, or to let go of something. Incompletions tend to generate a lot of mental chatter, so they are easy to identify when we pay attention to them with a view to creating completion. Failing to consciously create completion before moving onto a new phase, leaves our energy tied to the past. Soon the mental chatter steals our productivity and over time, generates stress.
Completion feels so GOOOD!
By actively creating completion we keep our emotional and mental energy flowing forward, our stress levels low and our happiness index high. There is a neurobiological reason for this; completion releases all those feel good chemical, endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. This is the origin of the ‘high’ we feel when we accomplish something.
What could you complete that would free up energy for the new month?
Wait, don’t go…I have something else to tell you….
The My Favourite Day Series is a gratitude project.
Gratitude has scientifically proven benefits ranging from stress relief, anxiety management, improved sleep and higher levels of motivation. People who regularly express gratitude are happier, healthier and more effective in their relationships & work. Even more interesting is the fact that it is the act of searching for gratitude that causes the benefits, even if we come up empty handed in the moment.
Although, I have a long-standing daily gratitude practice; at our evening meal, whoever is present (guests included) is invited to share 3 things they are grateful for in the day, I have upped the ante and set myself the challenge to bring to life the Tao of Pooh encapsulated in this quote from AA Milne’s
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