Well, we are half way through the first month of a new year and I’m quite happy about that. Why? Because, for me, 2012 was one of the most challenging years of my life. I dealt with a great deal of loss, which is always tough, but it is a teacher as well. When we look to find the lesson in an experience, we are far farther ahead than not. If we can separate the feelings and look at the situation objectively, take responsibility for what we did or did not bring into the dynamics, there’s usually an abundance of insights and/or wisdom that can be absorbed, directing future choices in a more favourable way.
The thing is, everyone is on their own journey, each of us following the “directives” of what we learned about ourselves while growing up. Looking within and finding the directives, often these are massive lies about who we are, we are then operating from a more conscious space and able to actually choose what would result in the highest good for our lives.
When we look at others and say they should be this way or that way, we are actually tightening ourselves up – constricting our own freedom. I say that because we are not in a place of acceptance with that observation. There is a Buddhist saying that the only thing we can count on in life – the only thing – is change. When we flow with the change, we are in greater peace. And I can also bring up the Serenity Prayer to illuminate the point…
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.”
Can you change someone else? No. The only person you can change is yourself so dive in – and get swimming! I’ll meet you there!.
I am looking forward to 2013 – it’s going to be a year of massive change for me. Why? Because I want it to be. What changes do you want to make in your life? Can you make a list of all your life lessons from 2012 and, silently within, or expressed aloud, thank the teachers you brought in to shine light on areas that need some TLC? Choose to make it the best year of your life!
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