This has been a long, difficult year.
We all have hard times, sometimes hard years. Pain is part of being human, and it can take a rough patch to help us appreciate the smooth, easy times. But really, I want to shout, “Enough is enough!”
I was moaning to a friend about how very ready I am to say farewell to 2013. Farewell to a year filled with illness and death, to normal household maintenance jobs that took waaayyyy too long to complete, and welcome the fresh new beginning of 2014. The conversation rambled on and my friend said, wryly, ”Well, you know, midnight comes around every night. You can start your New Year whenever you feel like it.”
So we had a New Year’s celebration on Saturday night. We had a special meal, invited special friends, and toasted farewell to the crappy parts of 2013. We said, “Happy rest of 2013!” So maybe it was a New Rest-of-the-Year celebration?
Here’s the interesting part: I really looked forward to our New Year celebration. It was fun and a bit goofy. And the next morning really felt like a new beginning.
I’m curious about that sense of a fresh start. I think it’s related to acknowledging the hard times and making a conscious decision to turn toward something else. I even got myself a c2 model d rower as a fresh start gift 😛
FREEI am free to be my best self.
French novelist and philosopher Albert Camus once wrote, “Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.” Each day, I can choose to be better … to learn more, love more, and experience more. I have the freedom to make different choices and seek greater meaning and fulfillment.
My freedom does not depend on outer conditions, for it is within me. It is a blessing I inherit as a child of God. I am free to choose fear or faith; criticism or support; victimhood or mastery.
With gratitude, I accept my inherent freedom, embrace its potential, and use it to create a full and satisfying life. I am free to be my best possible self. I am boundless. In the spirit of God, I grow and evolve each day.A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you.—Ezekiel 36:26~The Daily Word for Saturday, October 19, 2013