Welcome to 2014! I'm not sure I ever really got used to it being 2013 and now it's already behind us. This time of year it's natural to reflect on the year past and what lies ahead. Sometimes looking back with nostalgia or regrets. Or sometimes a little of both.
Over the years I have tried to reflect more on the parts I can feel a sense of gratitude for. And I have to say, I'm pretty lucky because for some time now there has been so much to feel grateful for. There are always going to be difficulties in life. I'm just choosing to acknowledge and appreciate the positive parts.
As I look ahead to this new year, I feel both excitement and a little apprehension. Well, maybe more than a little. 😉
As many of you know, there will be a lot of changes in my life this year, both personally and professionally. It is mostly the professional changes that are creating the sense of apprehension. I don't really mind change, as long as I have some idea of what to expect, some sort of plan. That is not necessarily the case this time around.
So, I have decided to work on taking a step back, letting go of the need (really more a strong desire so I can feel safe in knowing what to expect) and see what happens. There is so much possibility for me in the coming months and I'm working on enjoying the process of seeing it unfold. It's not going to be easy. Especially in the next few months as what I have come to know and count on ends. And even more significantly, relationships I have built transition to something very different.
I signed up several months ago for Note from the Universe. It's a daily message of affirmation, support, and encouragement. This one is helping me to let go.......
If you were able to look back at your most brilliant successes, stunning comebacks, amazing catches, and smokin' ideas, Peggy, and you were to find that virtually all of them seemed to materialize out of thin air, when you least expected them, and that they had exceeded even your greatest expectations at the time, how excited would you be about the new year and whatever else I've got up my sleeve?
Hubba, hubba -
I love the salutations. 🙂
What are you looking forward to in this new year? Try for a moment to let yourself dream big. Let go of the self limitations, the fears, the expectations. What might be possible for you if you were to truly allow youself to experience your true potential ? I know it can be scary to allow yourself to imagine the possibilities. Consider this quote by Marianne Williamson...
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.