Happy New Year To You!

Every January 1, we acknowledge a new year. For many it is the time to set new goals. Others use this day as a benchmark to let go of the past. This day for me means the opportunity to continue my work on self-realization. I am excited to become the person who I envision, living my purpose, and filling each moment with love, joy, peace, and happiness.

Last year I committed to blog. I enjoy the stillness of hearing my thoughts and sharing the truth that resonates from within them. Continuing to write is a goal this year with a new blog entitled, “Living Authentically”. I am also excited to add podcasting as well.

I will push on with my fitness program. I have a trainer who is a nutritionist. I began weight training and cardio workouts. I have tried to get healthy on my own and while I have had small victories, I did not start to achieve my goal until I had the right team. Sometimes a coach, mentor, or a professional is needed to help you to get achieve your dream. Be open to receiving help.

This year, I have also embraced a new adventure, philanthropy. I am partnering with several organizations and individual donors to bring love to ladies undergoing chemotherapy. A new year can bring new ideas. What new ideas do you have to positively impact your community?.

What is your resolution?

The word resolve means to settle or find a solution to.  This is the time to settle some of your dreams and begin to live them. Every year I delve deeper within to discover new inner truths about myself. I strive to become more transparent to empower others to search for their own truth. Fill yourself with love and know that God’s love engulfs you. As you watch yourself expand to become the person, you want to be, just remember to be gentle with yourself. The journey is just as important as the destination.

Your special gifts are needed in this world. Open your heart and mind to the real you. Be at peace with life and in love with yourself. You will change the world as you change yourself . May you enjoy getting to know yourself and sharing the gifts that you discover! Happy New Year to YOU!

Never get old.

I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. 1 John 2:14

Wisdom is valuable

I spoke to an old friend recently.  Her dad’s health is failing.  I felt for her because I am assisting with the caretaking of my parents too.  It is hard to see our parents facing health challenges but there is something beautiful in seeing children who are willing to assist them. I watched my mother and father join with their siblings to take care of my grandparents.  And, I have purposely had my daughter join me on the weekends that I caretake my parents.  I embrace these moments as a part of a legacy. The cycle of life is reciprocal.  I take care of them because they have sacrificed a lot for me to have a better life.  We give help, we receive help. I guess that is wisdom. It never gets old.  

Wisdom Starts Early

We gain wisdom through life experience. We are prepared for innocence. We have benchmarks for learning beginning with Pre-K.  But just because one gets older doesn’t automatically mean one becomes wiser. Our lives are the sum total of generations of handed down wisdom and if we can see ourselves as part of a grander plan, we will accept our responsibility to pour our life lessons into the next generation to enable the growth to continue.

In the Gospels, Christ teaches that He came to give us life, abundant life.  The word ‘abundant’ means ‘beyond our expectation’.  Living abundantly is not solely for the young.  Having a life that is fulfilling and purposeful should drive us all until our last breath.   

“Death is not the end, birth is not the beginning.” Amma Naomi

Love, again?

“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We are born with three inner ‘homing devices’ or maybe ‘beacons’ is a better term, helping us to pierce through the façade to touch the eternal; faith, hope, and, love. Believe that you were born with a purpose and are living at the right time.  Hope that your life will make a difference and make this world better. And find people, places, and things to care about. Recalibrate your thoughts, grasp aging as a necessary consequence of the gift of a long life.  A long life gives us the opportunity to gain wisdom.  Wisdom is valuable and priceless.  Age gives us the ability to have more moments to live to the fullest.

We need to catch a glimpse of the cycle of life, ‘eternal life’, the life without a beginning or ending.  The Old Testament book Jeremiah 1:4-5, shares,  Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:   “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;  Before you were born I sanctified you;  I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”  God knew us before we were born.  Before our mother met our father.  He entrusted us to this world to be awakened to His existence, to be touched by love; love of self, love of neighbor, and love of God.  Look through the lens of wisdom and you will see that your origin is in God, and that means your true age is undefinable.  You are not getting ‘older’, you were ancient when you were born, but you are getting wiser. Wisdom never gets old.

Live a good honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.” Dalai Lama

We must forgive ourselves for all the years that we have paid more attentive to age than  purpose and destiny.  We may feel as if we have wasted time but we have faith, everything has emerged in our lives as it should have.  Life is short but wisdom never gets old.

NOTE:  I am just tapping into my destiny. One solid voice that has helped me on my journey is that of this author Marianne Williamson.  This book is a valuable read for all who want to be prepared for maturing. Click picture and go to the top of the page to ‘Read a Sample’ then become a reader like me.