Here we are standing on the doorstep of a brand New Year. I always feel excited when the new year begins. It is, I think, that anticipation of something new – even though there are no assurances it’s going to be wonderful. Lord knows 2015 has had it’s challenges, for sure, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if there are people out there that are terrified of what’s to come. There are so many, many uncertainties in our world today. Crazy, unpredictable weather, terrorists, wars, refugees by the thousands – it is an uncertain world, for sure.
I recently joined a group on facebook that claimed to be a supportive group for sufferers of Osteoarthritis, which I have, to some degree. I joined because I am always on the lookout for more natural ways to treat, and to heal, if they can be found. But what I found on this particular group was, that most people only wanted to come in and complain about how difficult their lives were, how many drugs they had to take, and how frustrated and angry they were. On the few occasions someone shared something that actually worked for them, the responses were “they’re just trying to sell us something” or “doesn’t that seem like an advertisement to you?” The responses surprised me, actually, and I realized this was not the group for me at all.
So, I left. Why? Because, while I live with chronic pain, and sometimes so much so that I can’t function in a day, I just can’t look at life through the negative lenses that they seemed to be using. I just can’t! It’s not who I am. I need and want to find what is positive in my life – pain or no pain. I recently spent my last 5 days in bed because of pain from a back injury. Granted, there were some tears of frustration. But I used the time to rest, to read, to meditate, to pray and write, and to colour in my new colouring book. (It’s been said that colouring is the new meditation! 🙂
That is the way I choose to look at life as a whole. While there are always, challenges and uncertainties, I cannot live in fear of the future. I cannot go about my day grumbling about how bad my life is or how sorry for myself I feel. I cannot give in to the many fears that might overcome me – if I let them. I will not let them.
So, as 2016 approaches, and I (think) I’m back on my feet again (yay!) I feel….excited. What will the new year bring? What will I bring to the new year? Even with all the many, many great challenges we face, I believe we can still find joy. We can still contribute joy. I Choose Joy for 2016. Despite the challenges, and I know there will be, because they are always there.
My deepest hope for this year is that those who (I see) as asleep – that is, those who’s greatest needs are to hate, to kill, to despise, to destroy, and to fear – will begin to awaken to a world that is filled with miracles every single second of the day. That this dark time that we live in will begin, even just a tiny little bit, to grow toward the Light.
My prayer for 2016 is that more and more of us will become alive to the possibilities that we do not have to live in fear; we do not have to reject others to stay safe ourselves; and we do not have to kill and destroy our earth (or each other!) so that we can be rich and powerful. I pray that these big corporations, these money hungry leaders who lead by fear-mongering, would somehow be exposed to the light of the increasing number of people in this world who are realizing that there is another, more beautiful, more peaceful way to exist together in this great world of ours. A world in which we realize that we are all one, and that when we do harm to one person or one nation, we are doing harm to the world at large.
I love this quote from Chief Oren Lyons of the Onandaga Nation:
“Although we are in different boats you in your boat and we in our canoe we share the same river of life”.
I for one look forward with expectation to this coming year. I truly believe that 2016 will be what we ourselves decide to make it.
Wishing you all a truly blessed 2016. May you be granted the grace and patience to get through the bad and scary times as well as the happy and loving times.