I was recently listening to a favorite song by Daniel Nahmod called Everything New. He talks about moving forward, letting go, and being ready to step into something new. I was reflecting on the song and asked myself what it means to me. What do the lyrics mean to me…how do I interpret them? I invite you to do the same.
One thing that I remind myself of is that in order to start something new, something must come to an end. For example, in order to experience a brand new, baby day we must experience the night at the end of the previous day. Light, darkness, light again. All beginnings are the result of an ending. Some endings we embrace while others we struggle with and wish to avoid.
For me, it reminds me that newness is around me all the time. I must make the decision to make a new choice though. Every new beginning starts with a thought. A conscious thought to do something different. I am ready this year to do things differently. I am ready to step into a new way of living, a new way of making choices. This takes a commitment. I love the quote by Stephen R. Covey “But until a person can say deeply and honestly, "I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday," that person cannot say, "I choose otherwise.” I must make consistent, daily choices in order to make long standing changes. It starts with my mind and my self-talk. What am I saying to myself? Daniel poses a question in another song “What if I was blind for a day, what would my heart do?” In other words, what other choices would I make? Would I make choices that are more in alignment with what I want to experience, where I want to go, how I want to spend my time? Would I be able to look past physical appearances and truly see the heart of a situation?
“Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes.” -Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Another way in which I empower myself to make long lasting changes is to take responsibility for my thoughts, choices, and actions. When I complain about a situation, I am disempowering myself and quite possibly keeping myself stuck in the rut of that particular cycle. What if I challenged myself to not complain for one hour, one day, one week…Do you think my life would change? I can pretty much guarantee that it would – and it would change for the better!
How does one do this though? It takes more than willpower that is for sure. It takes ongoing commitment, support and encouragement, and a belief that you can. It is up to me to decide how I am going to look at any particular experience in my life. “With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” -Wayne Dyer Even though I choose to look for opportunities rather than obstacles I oftentimes need a little
help. When this happens, I turn to my faith, a few trusted friends, my spiritual community, my holistic practitioner, and my family for that support. I have learned that trying to do things completely on my own does not work for me. It has taken me years to accept this realization and ever since I have, I have seen a shift for the positive in my life. I say a resounding YES to life and am excited to see what 2019 brings in my life. I invite you to do that which calls to you. Answer the call…