trusting in Christ.
reflection and retrospection. I know
many people make some sort of New Year’s
resolution. It can be a very common
topic during the first few days of January; “Have
you set any New Year’s resolutions?” We all
know how they usually go. Most people
are lucky if they hold onto those resolutions for more than a day. You know the usuals: lose weight, stop
smoking, begin exercising, eat healthy, spend more time in prayer and or
mediation, etc. and then life takes over.
The holidays are finished and most of us head back to work or to our
normal routine and that routine doesn’t
include those good intentions. There is
however, ways to make permanent changes in our life. Some changes we choose, those can be a gift
we give ourselves. Other changes are
thrust upon us, and depending upon how we approach those, they can also be a
gift we give ourselves.
very excited about this New Year. I must
admit coming out of Christmas and looking towards the New Year, I didn’t feel excited.
I felt anxious but I’ve been consistently
journaling and reading as much inspirational and motivational writings as are available to me and I’ve decided that this is my
year to simply go with the flow, to let go of the struggle and the challenges
that I’ve always created for myself. My study group, The Seekers, is presently
reading Martha Beck’s Finding Your Own North
Star. I really had a difficult time
relating to the beginning of the book but midway through it took on new
meaning. The section we are presently
studying is about The Change Cycle.
Change, one of those elements that every human being experiences and
experiences all the time. Sometimes we
are aware of the changes, they are dramatic and potent but most change is
subtle and insidious. We go through life
not paying much attention to it. It hasn’t really commanded our attention but it’s always there and how we deal with small changes is a
precursor to how we deal with large changes.
My Enneagram type, Type 7, is
prone to anticipation. It’s part two of Martha Beck’s Change Cycle.
That may sound exciting but the truth is it can be exhausting and it
takes me “out of the moment,” out of
the experience of the present. I miss
too much by not paying attention to the Now.
Between Martha and the information about my personality type in the
Enneagram, I decided not to live like that this year. This year my intention is to allow life to
unfold. I want to live in the movement
of the spirit. I can’t tell you what that will look like and I will tell
you I have prayed that I am not called to be a martyr but I’m still going to go with it.
traveler. She gifted me with the book, One
Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon and she has shared with me
over the year the impact of focusing on one word, like taking a mantra. I know my intention is more than one word but
the word I’ve chosen to focus on is Trust. It’s been
here now for a few years, floating in and out of my consciousness and my
affirmations. A while back I developed
the RTR principle: I fully Rest in God’s care,
I Trust in God’s love and I Release myself from any struggle. It was helpful but it was a little like a
resolution; I didn’t hold onto it for very
long. I have discovered that when I take
an intention for the year, miraculous things, subtle and not so subtle take
place and without a lot of effort my life takes on new meaning and color.
an intention, declaring the year a “year
last year you might recall was “The year of connecting to the
Divine.” It’s been a wild roller coaster
ride with the publishing of my book in February, the death of my mother,
Margaret Grolimund in March and the marriage of my daughter, Ellen, to Adam O’Sullivan in May but through it all there’s been a peace and a sense of being in the presence of
a greater power. Each morning my journal
had the year’s intention written at the top of the page and even
though I mostly left the thought as I went throughout my day, I still carried
it with me in my inner being. As with
all affirmations I believe they first enter your consciousness, then our
subconsciousness and then they permeate our cellular being and we are
different, different in ways we might never even imagined but different in ways
that enhance our lives.
excited about this year’s intention. I am expecting amazing, miraculous
things. I know life will still hold all
the challenges life normally holds and maybe a few I can’t even imagine and for which I would never ask but I’ll be good. I’ll let this new intention seep deep within me and
whatever the world throws at me, I’ll be
breathing deeply and knowing that since I’ve made
a conscious choice, every day to trust in Christ, I’ll look back on this year, just as I did on 2014 and
see the miracles and the blessings in all the hills and the valleys that is the
ride of my life.