December 9, 2018

The Year of Wisdom

For the past ten years in December I have set a personal theme for framing the upcoming year. As I reflect on 2018 and consider the possibilities for 2019, the year I turn 50, the recognition that speaks to me is Wisdom. 2019 will be The Year of Wisdom.

Am I wise? I am ready to embrace the exploration. In 2018 I experienced a lack of trust in my wisdom - the reluctance to embrace my knowing. This was at the core of challenges I faced that seemed like mountains I could not climb. Throughout the year in my dreams this mountain was envisioned as watery slides that I tried to traverse in my little Smart car. Last night I dreamed I navigated my car, filled with friends and family, slowly but confidently upstream towards the top of a mountain where we stepped into an elevator to take us to our destination. Ironically, that mountain was Las Vegas and the elevator lead into the Flamingo Hotel.

This dream tells me that I am ready to embrace my knowledge and experience to evolve into this next lifestage. Plus, have a little fun, take a few risks! Life doesn't have to be so safe. I can navigate the challenges - with the trust of friends and family to support me on the journey. I've got the Smarts. I can navigate the river and push upstream.
Image on the new yoga mat my mom and dad gave me for Chanukah.

As I approach 2019 I take the opportunity to fully discover and celebrate my nearly 50 years of journeying that has brought me to the Year of Wisdom.
Here is what Psychology Today says about Wisdom - it resonates with my pathway:

All About Wisdom

Wisdom is one of those qualities that is difficult to define—because it encompasses so much—but which people generally recognize when they encounter it. And it is encountered most obviously in the realm of decision-making. Psychologists tend to agree that wisdom involves an integration of knowledge, experience, and deep understanding  that incorporates tolerance for the uncertainties of life as well as its ups and downs. There's an awareness of how things play out over time, and it confers a sense of balance. It can be acquired only through experience, but by itself, experience does not automatically confer wisdom. Only now are researchers beginning to look into the social, emotional, and cognitive processes that transmute experience into wisdom. Wise people generally share an optimism that life's problems can be solved and experience a certain amount of calm in facing difficult decisions. Intelligence—if only anyone could figure out exactly what it is—may be necessary for wisdom, but it definitely isn't sufficient; an ability to see the big picture, a sense of proportion, and considerable introspection also contribute to its development.

Here's what Spirit Animal Totems says about dreaming of Flamingos:

Flamingo Dream Interpretation

Somewhat similar to the ant, when you have a flamingo dream, it symbolizes your sense of community and cooperation. In other words, if you focus on working together toward a common goal, you will be successful. A dream of this type may also indicate that new experiences and situations have now come into your life. Alternatively, it could also mean that you are overly concerned with your physical appearance and have failed to love yourself as you are.