Friday, December 31, 2010

A new year dawning...

Tomorrow is the start of a new year, but it is also just another day.  Something about putting up a new calender makes us want to recreate part of ourselves as well.  It gives hope that this new year will be bigger and brighter, a chance to reflect on our ups and downs of the past year, and to learn and grow from those things.  To set course for  new goals, or to work  harder on achieving existing goals.  But do you really need to work "harder"?   I have found that when I am able to maintain my balance, that my goals seem to happen effortlessly.  Have you noticed that in your life?  I'd love to hear from you.

I admit I'm not one for new years resolutions.  I set goals for myself when I feel inspired to do so, not because of the date.  Even if I was prone to new year goal setting, this coming year has so many possibilities that I am not going to try and limit them with specific goals.  I am aiming to stay in tune with my deepest self, to be aware of the subtle (and not-so-subtle) signals that guide me along my path.  When I think about where I may be this time next year (or even six months from now), I can honestly say "I don't know".

Getting to a point of being comfortable with the uncertainty has taken time, but adds an exciting element to life. It also helps me to live more fully in the present and milk the most from every moment.  This morning I was walking along the beach and was aware of the velvet softness of the sand, the glitter of the sun on the gently forming waves, the feel of liquid silk as the water caressed my feet.  Right now I hear the music of different birds an my soul is delighted.  I feel light and free. I find that, in the appreciation of the natural beauty around me, wherever I am, and the joy of my family, wherever we are and whatever we are doing, I continue to feel light and free, as long as I stay rooted in the moment.  I stay in balance.  It's not "hard work", it flows naturally.

So tomorrow will be another day, but filled with many wonderful moments, just as every day is.

4 comments:

Mrs Horty said...

I love reading your posts - so uplifting, kind and full of compassion. You are a beautiful person :-) Happy new year!

Annette said...

Thank you so much! May 2011 be full of joy for you Mrs Horty!

~Tara said...

i use to never make resolutions of any kind. making my birthday lists feels better (new year's just feels redundant after that big list!). but do enjoy finding a "guiding word" - that's something that sort of found me several year ago and has turned into my touchstone through my moments. i did enjoy my permission slip though. :)

and yes, when i can stay in balance or connected or intentional things flow much more easily and beautifully than when i'm running around trying to make it all happen.

that's why i gratitude has been my word for the past couple month - because i think everything else flows from gratitude (including abundance).

Annette said...

Tara, your permission slip was an excellent idea! Your birthday lists are inspiring too! I do like the idea of a guiding word...'Peace' was my guiding word for many years until I gradually felt like it became a part of me. I agree that gratitude is really important and wonderful things flow from that.