Here we are, flirting with the beginning of yet another new year. As 2016 ticks its way down to the last moments we continue to experience the loss of one beloved notable person after another. It seems that this year such losses were extensive – more than any other. I came across a Facebook posting claiming that 2015 had more celebrity losses than 2016. I don’t know if that is true, but many of us are feeling these immediate losses deeply. Our beloved icons are leaving the planet and that fact taps into a host of emotions. In fact, 2016 is a year that is/was bursting with emotions that have run the gamut from extreme joy to frustration and anger, to fear and anxiety, to great sadness and very deep grief – on a global level and on a personal one. We’ve been through a lot and we’re exhausted.
I for one am ready for shift. Many of my circle are in fear of what’s to come. Many are anticipating a dark time ahead, and I’m not so naïve that I can’t see the basis for their concerns. I have those same concerns. And I will in no way allow myself to be complacent if or when the time arises that I need to tap into my stores of righteous indignation. I’m ready for that. However, I’ve decided to be more ready for dreams to come true, great things to happen, surprises to arrive, wonderful encounters to occur, new opportunities to make themselves known – I’m ready for a great year and I’m seeing it in my mind’s eye already.
I remember a conversation I had with my friend Lisa Zimmerman. Lisa was a ministry classmate of ours, now a dear and treasured friend, a spiritual counselor and gifted astrologer amongst her many talents. We were on the phone one evening talking about the state of our economy. This was during the 2008 recession when life in our country was looking quite bleak and so many people were struggling to stay afloat, many of them losing the battle. I was concerned about whether we would be able to plow through it and keep our heads above water. Lisa said something to me that I believe saved me during that time. She said, “My success is not dependent on the economy”. Just that short affirmation rang a bell deep inside me. A bell of truth. And I realized then that if I tell myself that the apparent conditions will absolutely dictate my personal outcome, it will be so. Contrarily, if I believe – and I do – that we live in the realm of Infinite Possibility, then those conditions may have absolutely no impact on my personal results.
All of that said, I have decided to place my focus (and this is a practice that requires effort on my part as the input from outside sources is relentless) on my intentions, on the things I have on the horizon, on the people I look forward to seeing, on the places I plan on visiting, on the experiences I will be having, and on the wonderful feelings these events will generate. Circumstances notwithstanding, I am in control of where my attention is concentrated, and the best part of this is that I can choose where to place my attention. I can choose. I’ve said this before, I’ll say it again, I can choose. You can choose.
Now, I realize it’s not that simple. We have some real challenges ahead, no doubt. And I believe we can and will meet those challenges with gusto and commitment. AND, while we are doing that we can also be focused on the great possibilities that await us each day. We can anticipate wonderful opportunities for success in every area of our lives. We can make choices that keep us healthy, that enhance our well-being, that nurture our relationships. We can make choices that insure success in our work and in our family dynamics. We can acknowledge that we have the power to navigate our days with kindness and graceful dignity regardless of the circumstances. We also have the power to reach out for help at times when our focus becomes a little foggy. We have power and we are at liberty to use it for good.
So, as we look back for a moment to honor and acknowledge what has been and those we have lost, let us also take a deep breath and with reverence release the past. Then take another deep breath and invite the future, with arms open to receive the gifts that are bursting forth. May we all be blessed with showers of blessings in the coming year. I thank you for your presence in my life. I thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to read what I share with you, and I deeply hope that is has been of service to you in some way.
Looking forward to our deepening connection in 2017. Happy New Year.