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3 Questions to Get You Grounded in the New Year

making sense of life & death Jan 31, 2022

Welcome to the new year!

Just weeks ago, I never imagined that we would be starting 2022 with new health and safety concerns and more social restrictions. As the unpredictability of life has become the new normal, it’s more important than ever to align our hearts and actions with what we value most.

Even in the uncertainty, we all have values, principles, ethics, moral codes, standards and codes of behaviour. We have hopes and fears, and people, places, and things that matter most to us. As we venture into the new year, it is crucial to be aware of those parts of ourselves that ground us. 

The most powerful way to live consciously and with purpose, is to keep in mind that your life is finite and precious. This way, you will shape your world, instead of the world shaping you.

How you use your time and energy and where you place your attention matters. It makes a difference in how you live your life and it can inspire you to get into action to be as prepared as possible for your inevitable death. 

Consider these three questions:

  1. If you knew you had limited time to live, what would you want to do? How and with whom would you spend your time?
  2. If the people in your life were to remember 3 things about you, what would you want them to remember?
  3. When in your life have you felt most like yourself?

Sometimes just posing the questions helps me put things into perspective. Try reading them aloud and see what happens. But don’t stop there. Take out your journal, type the answers out on your device, or answer these out loud with a partner and see what shifts. Your answers could be very short bullet points, or long and juicy. It’s up to you.

Values, Wishes and Who and What Matter Most: A Willow Workshop™

And if you want to explore more questions like these, and also use a structure to help you articulate your core values, then treat yourself to an upcoming Willow Workshop facilitated by licensed Willow EOL Educator™, Cyndi Crowder. In the workshop titled, Values, Wishes and Who and What Matter Most, on January 13, Cyndi Crowder will guide you to explore the reality of your mortality in a fun and interactive workshop.

In this workshop you will:

  • Articulate your core values and how they impact your living and dying.
  • Get present to your hopes and fears around your inevitable death.
  • Gain some clarity about who and what matter most.
  • Become inspired to get into action around how to live and die well.

How to Stop Procrastinating with EOL Planning: A Willow Workshop™

Can't get started on your EOL planning or anything else? This is the workshop for you to start your year. On January 10th, join licensed Willow EOL Educator™, Jacqui Williams to understand what's stopping you and help you get unstuck.

Or from January 15th to February 5th, join Jacqui Williams in a 3-part series of Willow Workshops™ based on Willow’s holistic and pragmatic workbook, 7 Tools for Making Sense of Life & Death.

Making sense of life and death before making practical arrangements will ensure that your end-of-life planning reflects your values and priorities. Whether you have days or decades left to live, thinking about and preparing for your death will inspire you to live your best life now.

With all my love,

Reena (+ Michelle)


What about you?

What values and beliefs keep you grounded?

How will your values guide you in 2022?