Unlikely Inspiration For Meaningful Change

In a few weeks I’ll be speaking at the South Eastern region Hospice Palliative Care conference about the value of integrative medicine for people who are dying. To help me prepare, I’ve been reading Die Wise by Stephen Jenkins, a philosophical and critical exploration of the phobia our culture has about death. This manifesto (as he calls it), would seem the least likely place for inspiration for New Year’s resolutions! In fact, of all the happiness and change-your-life books I’ve come across, this one offered me the deepest motivation and inspiration for making meaningful change in my life.

Daily habits can enable or severely undermine this “making” of meaning, where “making” is an active, creative, process. Please don’t underestimate the value of your daily habits! To help both of us, I’ve created a daily habit tracker, in which we can thoughtfully choose habits that will carry us healthfully and happily into the depths of 2018. These habits could be as simple as: “Today I enjoyed about 1.5 L of water”, or a little deeper: “Today I did something that made me feel stronger”. I’ve attached the pdf document to this blog article. I hope you enjoy the quotes I chose to offer some guidance, insight, and support. Happy New Year!