Monday, January 7, 2013

A New Year Brings New Beginnings

Although it's already seven days into the month of January, I still feel this new year will be new, special and encouraging. To have something new or a new person enter one's life means to have something unfamiliar and of recent origin enter one's life. Something unfamiliar, obviously, is different.

To me a new year will hopefully mean a year which will bring about good and different things. There's a reason I moved far from where I grew up. I grew up in a safe home and neighborhood, never went hungry, and went to great schools (well, I don't think anyone enjoyed middle school.) To me, my new year will include having faith, a better attitude about things, and even more perseverance to get what I want and deserve (i.e. a career, etc.).

Sometimes change, even with a new year which subtly slips away from the old year, is the best thing for people.

I borrowed an Oprah magazine and read an article by the popular author and life coach Martha Beck. She is a smart lady. It's rare when I relate to an author who writes for a magazine which seems to appeal to women in their 40s, 50s and 60s, but as a mid-twenty-something woman, I really related to the article Take a Flying Leap. You should read it.

Not everyone is able to overcome their fear of failure or has the ambition to change. This article is about how if someone feels an intangible pull that they should change their life (Beck calls it 'the call'), that someone should and ought to change and listen to the call of life. Be smart. Don't let the negative people pull you back.

For each door that closes, I realize another one opens. I don't always see the "opening," but what's important is that I try. If at first I don't succeed, try and try again. Some common sayings are common for a reason - because they're true.

I really love the serenity prayer saying about God giving me the grace to accept the things I cannot change, and the courage to change the things I can. I also love a Mary Engelbreit quote. It has something to do with accepting how you think of stuff you cannot change (changing your perception), but changing the things that you have the control to change.

I have no idea what's going to happen this year. But I have a good feeling. Always trust your intuition. It exists to protect you.


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