When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor.
It's to enjoy each step along the way.
My wife, Sheila introduced me to Melody Beattie many years ago, and while I know you're not supposed to share your resolutions for the new year, one of mine is just getting back to reading her inspirations every morning instead of when I'm feeling stressed.
This morning's post is especially appropriate for all of us. It's a new year and an opportunity to refocus on everything necessary in our lives, starting with the beginning.
Any of Melody's books are terrific, but this one I've found particularly good. Here's how she kicks off the new year and I'm betting ALL of you can identify with her wisdom.
We'll be back to tomorrow with content relevant to photography and marketing, but today's a day best focused on a great beginning.
Happy New Year!
Honor the Beginning
Beginnings can be delicate or explosive. they can start almost invisibly or arrive with a big bang. Beginnings hold the promise of a new lessons to be learned, new territory to be explored, and old lessons to be recalled, practiced, and appreciated. Beginnings hold ambiguity, promise, fear, and hope.
Don't let the lessons, the experiences of the past, dampen your enthusiasm for beginnings. Just because it's been hard doesn't mean it will always be that difficult. Don't let the heartbreaks of the past cause you to become cynical, close you off to life's magic and promise. Open yourself wide to all that the universe has to say.
Let yourself begin anew. Pack your bags. Choose carefully what you bring, because packing is an important ritual. Take along some humility and the lessons of the past. Toss in some curiosity and excitement about what you haven't yet learned. Say your good-byes to those you're leaving behind. Don't worry who you will meet or where you will go. the way has been prepared. The people you are to meet will be expecting you. A new journey has begun let it b e magical. Let it unfold.
All; part of the journey are scared and holy.
Take time now to honor the beginning.
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