The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. - Thomas Paine
Namaste, fellow pilgrims.
I have come to love Paine's quote, and do my best to live it out. As I look back on 2012, I recognize that I fell short of this goal. At times I have made choices that did not honor who I am nor those close to me. It has been a humbling year and a painful one, but also full of growth and continued self-discovery. For how do we learn, if not by making mistakes?
In life, the tests come first - the lessons follow.
My lessons this year have provided me with piercing insight into who I truly am, what is important to me, and what is required of me in order to continue moving in the direction I want to go. I see that 2013 for me will be a year of letting go of the familiar and embracing the new. Yes, I am scared; but I am also curious and optimistic. Regardless of the outcome, stepping out into the unknown is essential for our growth. I would rather try new things and fail than spend my life wondering. It's like there is a cosmic clock ticking, reminding me that there is a season to all things. I don't recall hearing that clock before. It gives me courage to truly pursue the life that I dream of living... right now.
I have come to see this world as the Ultimate Schoolhouse, with my purpose simply to learn all that I can. Lessons come through love and loss, failure and triumph. Indeed, what appears at first to be the biggest mistake can lead to the greatest discovery! Perspective is everything. Do not get mired down by guilt or grief or anything else. Learn your lesson and move on, applying what you have learned to future situations.
LESSONS FROM 2012
NEW JOB = Overwhelming, terrifying, frustrating, and eventually, pretty good.
Lesson learned: Don't give up too soon.
DREADLOCKS = Now sporting shorter hair.
Lesson learned: We can't always have what we want right when we want it.
FIRST FESTIVAL ON MY OWN = Incredibly liberating. Going required all my courage, but I was successful in my endeavors and enjoyed myself very much.
Lesson learned: Don't let fear stop you.
There were other lessons along the way, some too personal to share here. I give thanks for each one.
As we head boldly into 2013, a year of great spiritual transition for our planet, take a look at the list below (courtesy of King Solomon) and ask: What time is it for you?
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Seek what good you can do, what joy you can bring, what peace you can find in 2013. Know that you will experience both light and darkness, but it is your choice where you will dwell.
Wishing you every lesson required for your own growth and discovery,