Thursday, December 31, 2009
Threshold of Change
The last day of 2009.
In fact, the very last day of a decade; the thought of which literally stopped my fingers on the keyboard as I reflected back on the last ten years, and my train of thought has taken a whole new direction.
And I’m sad to say, on a personal level, I’m not pleased with my accomplishments over this past decade…
-My college degree finished (not)
-Walked the green grass of Ireland (not)
-Learned Spanish (not)
-Losing ____amount of lbs. (not)(you fill in the blank )
-Changed my hairdo (not)
-Acquired rhythm in my dance moves (not)
…..you get the idea.
I looked up opposites for the word “accomplishment” and found “defeat, failure, frustration, nullification.” But my un-accomplishments don’t really fall into any of these categories. These antonyms are much too dire. Certainly not words I want to use as I leave this decade.
But then my eternal optimism kicked in, and I realized I gauge my life in decades of MY years in age and not by watching the calendar years. So I have another 6 years to go for my above mentioned goals! So Ireland here I come…..casi no puedo esperar!
Also, I am a forward-looking person, and I do have anticipation for all this next decade will bring. A clean slate lies ahead with so much potential. “Change” will certainly be an element in this upcoming decade, as we all have experienced how life evolves around us, sometimes without our choice. Family dynamics will change (more grand-kids, perhaps?!?) Relocations will happen as loved ones follow their paths in life. Some of the change will be welcome, but it’s inevitable that some of the change will bring pain. But I have found that as we live through painful experiences in life, these experiences add to our empathy, which I believe is a wonderful quality to have. Also, these painful experiences can add to our wisdom as we navigate through the process of healing and learn our strengths and the Source of our strength.
But in light of being on the threshold of a New Year and a New Decade…I wish for each of you change that is welcome, change that you can endure!
And speaking of wisdom, I leave you with words written by one of the wisest men on earth…
• There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
• a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
• a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
• a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
• a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
• a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
• a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
• a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace
~And remember to dance under the Blue Moon tonight!