It’s a new year and everyone is celebrating. Last night I heard the firecrackers going off and people laughing. I was happy to be warm and cozy in my bed. All the well wishes for a new year are spinning around with hopes of a bigger, better year. Many wishing good riddance to 2019. Expectations are high for big changes in life and circumstances. It’s a new year with an opportunity to start over again.
We look at a calendar of December and now that page has ended and suddenly as we flip to the new page we feel refreshed and ready to go get this new life. I find it kind of silly in a way. Don’t we have the same opportunity to refresh in each moment of the day? Life is not going to switch gears because of a flip of a page. I wish it were that simple. But then again, it really is. It’s in the breath. We can only take one breath at a time and as we do we have the ability to change our mood, our actions, and our reactions.
Our society waits for a new year to make changes in our lives. We wait for Monday to start that diet or go to the gym. I’ll do it Monday because it’s the beginning of the week. I’m sure you are familiar with that reasoning. We are looking for the perfect time to begin something new but for some reason, we look at a calendar to tell us when that time will be. It’s a calendar. It’s just a piece of paper printed with a beautiful picture above it hanging on our wall. It’s a general timepiece and we give it so much power.
Why are we giving power to dates on a calendar? We have everything we need right here and now. The new year isn’t going to be different if we step into it with the same thoughts and behavior. Expecting major changes without doing the work is insanity. There is no magic flip of the page that will transform our lives.
Peace, hope, love, joy, health, and happiness are all right here within us at any given moment. We have it now. We’ve had it all along but we were waiting for the calendar to change. What a shame to waste all this time.
Life is full of challenges, heartbreak, hard times and sadness. Such is life. But, life is also full of the things we continue to wish for: There is love everywhere if we choose to see it. The balance of hard times and good times is natural. The flip of the calendar won’t take away the hurt, sadness, hard times, etc…. But the modification of our thoughts and patterns and responses can bring us the peace that we so long for.
My wish for all of you is to find your peace, joy, love, and health in each breath you take. In each moment that we are given, there is the hope that we are all praying for in the new year. It is the here and now that gives us what we need. Breathe and feel the precious lifeblood flowing through us, The Holy Spirit that does not need a calendar to renew our soul. Instead of wishing you a happy new year, I wish you a blessed new breath in each new moment filled with the overflowing love that we need to grow, change and evolve into a better version of ourselves.
Happy Breathing! Celebrate and be joyous.