Inspiration for the Heart, Mind and Soul
Life goes by so very fast, my dears, and taking the time to reflect, even once a year, slows things down. We zoom past so many seconds, minutes, hours, killing them with the frantic way we live that it’s important we take at least this one collective sigh and stop, take stock, and acknowledge our place in time before diving back into the melee. Midnight on New Year’s Eve is a unique kind of magic where, just for a moment, the past and the future exist at once in the present. Whether we’re aware of it or not, as we countdown together to it, we’re sharing the burden of our history and committing to the promise of tomorrow.
In this new year, may you have a deep understanding of your true value and worth, an absolute faith in your unlimited potential, peace of mind in the midst of uncertainty, the confidence to let go when you need to, acceptance to replace your resistance, gratitude to open your heart, the strength to meet your challenges, great love to replace your fear, forgiveness and compassion for those who offend you, clear sight to see your best and true path, hope to dispel obscurity, the conviction to make your dreams come true, meaningful and rewarding synchronicities, dear friends who truly know and love you, a childlike trust in the benevolence of the universe, the humility to remain teachable, the wisdom to fully embrace your life exactly as it is, the understanding that every soul has its own course to follow, the discernment to recognize your own unique inner voice of truth, and the courage to learn to be still.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
~ Neil Gaiman
Congratulations! Whatever trouble you’ve faced this year, whether you felt bombarded by your financial, family or work obligations you’ve made it through. You have triumphed over everything and anything that may have left you feeling powerless to bring some change to your life or powerless to move forward with whatever goals you had planned at the beginning of the year. We often try to change situations beyond our control while shelving the ones that are within our control to change, insanely frustrating ourselves. So as you begin a new year you can now face all those challenges with a new heart and a clear mind because you now have 365 days to do it. 365 days to rekindle that spark that was dimmed while you were being bombarded by life.
As the end of 2018 approaches, I’m looking forward to 2019. I’m looking forward to setting a few new goals for myself, rekindling the ones that were shelved and almost forgotten. I’m open and receptive to the magic, the miracles but most of all the possibilities that will come with this New Year. The challenges will also be welcomed and I am expecting a few of those but this early in the game I’ve already conditioned myself to accept those I cannot change, redirect the ones I can and recognise the differences in those obstacles.
This is my submission to Debbie’s Forgiving Friday series, where she writes about and invite others to share their thoughts on Forgiveness, Self-Love and Personal Growth.
@Etta D. Richards
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