Here are My 2017 Just Rolling with It Aspirations

I’m not big on resolutions. Here are my 2017 aspirations instead.

1 — Continue connecting with the world around me

2 — Continue expanding outside of myself

3 — Continue working with the concepts of non-duality/egolessness

4 — Expanding my creative activity

5 — Continue working to open, rather than close, when confronted with difficult emotions, circumstances and situations

6 — Continue building the always free Just Rolling with It community

  • Slack forum
  • Regular online hangouts
  • Book club
  • Podcast
  • Soundtrack

7 — Strengthen my meditation practice

8 — Expand social cycling circle

  • Ride once a month with CIS Cycling on weekends
  • Find one or two other Zwift group rides to roll with
  • Continue riding once a month with my good friend/mentor during week or on Sunday
  • Find one other group to ride with in Brooklyn

9 — Creep my average night sleep closer to 8 hours

10 — Do at least 20 minutes of yoga twice a week

11 — Continue spending mornings and evenings with my wife and son

12 — Spend more time with our extended family

13 — Continue to discover what work aligns with my true self

We arrive in this world with birthright gifts — then we spend the first half of our lives abandoning them or letting others disabuse us of them. As young people, we are surrounded by expectations that may have little to do with who we really are, expectations held by people who are not trying to discern our selfhood but to fit us into slots. In families, schools, workplaces, and religious communities, we are trained away from true self toward images of acceptability; under social pressures like racism and sexism our original shape is deformed beyond recognition; and we ourselves, driven by fear, too often betray true self to gain the approval of others.

We are disabused of original giftedness in the first half of our lives. Then — if we are awake, aware, and able to admit our loss — we spend the second half trying to recover and reclaim the gift we once possessed.

— Parker Palmer

14— Do more work that aligns with my true self and less work that doesn’t

15 — Keep on Just Rolling with It!