|I’m at my Nonna’s nursing home on Christmas day with my parents, my brother, his wife, my twin nieces Maia and Zoe and my partner Troy. This photo was taken right after we attended Italian Mass alongside 30 other old souls nearing the end of their life journey and their families.
This experience was powerful and impacted me in ways I haven't yet fully processed. It's not everyday we're surrounded by wise old souls. As the service proceeded I sat with thoughts and feelings of what it truly means to have a full life.
I began to look around the room and observe the behaviour of the old souls. Some sang joyfully, others struggled to breathe and the remainder did what they could to keep their eyes open and receive the blessings bestowed upon them.
Each of them seemed to be at peace and revelling in the opportunity to be surrounded by friends and family. In that moment my Nonna's words spoken just before we entered the church, "questa è una bella giornata" (this is a beautiful day) came into my mind.I then realised something profound.
What really matters the most is...
My only goal for 2017 is to intentionally create moments that inspire connection, togetherness and love. Or in my Nonna's words a collection of 365 "belle giornate".
Because I know these areas need nurturing in my life and probably yours as well in an age where presence is precious and where instant gratification and the dopamine hit we get is sadly a metaphor for our self-worth.
If I choose connection, togetherness and love I'll become the woman I'm meant to be. A woman just like my Nonna with a smile that big even though two months ago she broke her femur bone.
Over the next few days, I'll shape the narrative of my twelve personal and business aspirations - six to ditch and six amplify with those three words front and centre.
If you've gotten this far in the article, I congratulate you for remaining present and sharing in a touching story.
Here's how I'm going to help you in return.
As you reflect on your 2016, ask yourself…