HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
It’s here! Another year – 2017! I must say the past ten years or so have been rather… let’s say “interesting.” But I won’t go as far as to dwell on the past TEN years. That is a bit radical. The past is the past is the past. What is behind is behind and should never be brought forth. The devil is a lie! He wants you to live in yesterday; to draw your attention backward. So, moving forward! Although, I will take a short moment to reflect on what 2016 has taught me. 2016 was a year of completion for myself and I’m certain many others. Not all, because we are all on different paths of our journeys. But for me personally, 2016 was a time to purge and begin to learn how to consciously and conscientiously discard old, outdated, poisonous, destructive… feel free to stop me because I could go on and on. But the point is “NEGATIVITY’S” license had to be revoked. It had its highs and lows. A lot of bumps and bruises along the way. 2016 was just and fair, because she wanted me to fulfill many of the lessons of my soul’s journey, in that way I can reap the rewards in this coming year. I remained strong and persevered, through love, loss, heartache, heartbreak, disappointment after disappointment. Beautiful thing is… I never lost sight of my joy. Now joy, that’s a word to contemplate for 2017.
ONE WORD RESOLUTION
I did encounter a bit of a struggle with the whole “new year’s resolution” thing and decided I was not going to make any. Granted, I could think of a whole host of ways I can purge more harmful effects of my splintered personality into awareness. But at times, that can be overwhelming to our five sensory levels of existence. The goal, however, is to rise above that and go beyond our senses. To connect to Source and become renewed and refilled by His Holy Spirit. To learn to love, live, and forgive in ways that fills us up and makes us whole. As Jesus said, “Whoever loses their life for Me will find it” – Matthew 16:25. But, question… how much of ourselves are we “willing” to lose? We make all these “resolutions” to do better because we have a fresh start, right? Only thing is – and this may very well come as a shock to some- but we have a fresh start every day. The challenge is to claim it! Be it January 1st or July 15th. We have the option to turn around, whenever we repent and choose give up our free will and seek His. That is why I find the one word path a great place to start. Why put all the unnecessary expectations on yourself to lose weight; be more kind; patient; productive; wealthy; friendly; or whatever adjectives best describe your list(s). Pick one word that sums up all and go with it.
As abovementioned, my one word for the year 2017 and every year henceforth is joy. That is because I have experienced the varying degrees of living life without it versus living with it. So as for me and my soul, it craves it! Yearns it! Desires it! Aspires to achieve it! Reason being is because with having JOY, nothing else ever really matters! I know when things get hard, they get really hard. I understand that when it rains, it pours. I have seen those moments where the glass was less than half empty. Trust me, I know hardship and struggle. They go hand and hand minus the empathy to lend a hand or any assistance. They are the peas no one wants in their pod. But what they desire to accomplish, after all their tenacity and dedication is to steal the joy that is safely tucked away in my alabaster box. With of course to no avail! How can they? When the only end – no matter the means they attempt – is that sense of knowing, deep inside, that I AM OKAY.