Troubled waters to touch, Essence of likeness, A mirror to truth grows in the heart of courage.
There is so much movement with the turning of tides that brought us the Year of 2020. The number 2020 always makes me think of eye examinations and having perfect vision or at least striving for perfect vision. I anticipated a visionary year with a new decade and new possibilities for living. Somehow things have been swept away by the tides and there is so much uncertainty in the air. Collectively this is the most trying of times in the history of our modern world as we know it. Systems are breaking down, people are breaking down and life as we know it seems gone forever. It feels like a never ending spiral sometimes and not knowing where to turn or what to say or even what to do for the best.
However, whenever there is a breakdown there is also a breakthrough and the bigger the breakdowns, the bigger the breakthroughs. This is the natural cycle of life itself and it can offer us so much if we can tune into the wisdom and find the courage to continue on this turbulent journey. I don’t know what lies ahead and I can’t say I have all the answers. I only have myself and a heart full of courage which wants to keep walking no matter what life wants to throw at me. I think sometimes in life we can feel like we have to have all the answers and to know what comes next but life doesn’t always work out that way as we have seen recently.
“Create the highest grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.” (Oprah Winfrey)
When we go the opticians for our eye examinations, the aim is for that perfect vision. To reach the perfection that is 2020. If we can’t see 2020 clearly, then we may need aids in the forms of contact lenses or glasses. We may need to make several adjustments until we can see where we are walking towards and get it right. To see is a gift but vision goes deeper than what the eyes can see. Having vision is seeing clearly with your heart. It is the lens of truth. It beats and pumps blood around your body. It keeps you alive. It keeps you well. It keeps you into the reality of what you can create which is bigger than our current circumstances. I always have to remember that and not allow current circumstances to dictate my future. Your vision can be what you want it to be. Your life can be what you want it to be and there are plenty of tools out there that can help with this. This will be different for everybody and as they say, variety is the spice of life. The most important thing is to never stop or give up. Always have hope for your beautiful beating heart. You are alive and by being who you are, you gift the world with the sheer presence of You.
“No matter what may have happened yesterday, a new day of fresh possibility has dawned. You’re not the same person today as you were yesterday.” (Daisaku Ikeda)
Every moment is an opportunity to change your story and start again. As we move through our daily lives, we are always evolving even if we don’t realise it at the time. It is true that we are not the same person as we were yesterday. In some ways that can bring a great deal of comfort. It all depends on perspective.
Wherever we are in life is where we are meant to be. It is full of lessons and full of surprises too. The most important thing is to focus on what we have now and what we can do now. There is always something we can do… always.
I can think of many situations over the years that felt impossible to overcome but what has really helped me is to have that deep knowing and faith in something larger than myself. It has helped me to look beyond myself and see new possibilities. In doing so it has created space and allowed changes to bring forth what is needed for my soul evolution.
Sometimes in life we don’t get what we want but I believe we get what we need. Navigating ourselves through changes is not always easy and sometimes its best to go with the flow, letting our experiences reveal to us more of who we are and what we need to know when the time is right. In the meantime, be glad and appreciative of what you have and life will always give you more to be grateful for. Celebrate who you were and who you are becoming.
Today is Chinese New Year so I want to wish you a prosperous year with health and happiness. It is the Year of the Fire Monkey which for me symbolises a time to jump in and kickstart ventures that have been on the horizon for a while. It seems that this is the year for it.
It is also a good opportunity to let go of anything that no longer serves you. As you lighten the load it makes that jump far easier and helps to bring a new perspective to things you may not have seen before.
When I think of the monkey, I think about how life can go many ways depending on the choices we make. We could end up slipping on the bananas so to speak which I’m sure many can relate to at some point in their lives or we can eat some of the right bananas available to us and allow all the goodness to nourish our bodies. We can somehow make the best of what we have and whatever happens, I believe it is all good really.
Experience is everything…
To the soul there is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’, only experiences to which we gain what we need in this lifetime to grow. Like the trees from which the monkeys swing, we can stand tall with strength and courage to do what has never been done before and to be who we want to be rather than who we think we ought to be.
Like every year, I want to make it all count.
“The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams today, in every little way you possibly can.” (Mike Dooley)