I hear many saying ‘where on earth has this year gone?’ well indeed; it has gone in a flash hasn’t it? Seemingly faster and faster as life speeds by and we have surely seen so much flash before us this year.
So maybe to ask some questions of ourselves about this year might be interesting, provoke a deeper understanding of the why’s and wherefore’s, then allow a place to be arrived at where gratitude is given? For 2012 was and still is a major test for some, although I think much has been asked of us all. I come back to the one word which rings out so loud and clear about this year, and it is authenticity. With that in mind why not set yourself some questions, my suggestions are below;
How did 2012 serve us?
Did it meet our hopes and dreams?
Were we able to let go of all that no longer serves us?
Were we able to reach a greater sense of wellbeing and contentment?
Are we moving toward 2013 with hope and excitement in our hearts?
It really can be a challenge to move beyond all the doom and gloom that can fill our lives. Times are hard and in some ways looking to maybe get a little harder yet. But everything I believe comes down to our own perception and interpretation. What we then choose to act upon and is the glass half full or half empty?
The major uplift we all experienced this year began with the Jubilee celebrations and went on to the awe inspiring Olympic Games, we must not forget that high euphoria and let it become just a memory. Much was spoken about what the legacies would be as a result of the games, you may recall. I would like to share with you the legacy as it sits with me?
My heart was moved so many times over this summer by so many things. I cried more times than I care to remember at the achievements made through selfless dedication and focus to a sport, most of which I had previously no interest in at all. Not only by the Paralympians whose triumph over adversity was above and beyond what I personally could ever imagine would be possible. But by all our British men and women athletes who expressed openly and with so much passion their appreciation at being British. I cried with others who won medals and who displayed such pride in themselves their sport and their nation. I cried with absolute unashamed joy at the spectacle displayed for the whole world to see at our opening and closing ceremonies. I sat in awe and total wonder at the minds that had created it all, at all of the volunteers who had simply wanted to be there, to be a part, to have their own stories to tell as a result, to generations to come. The whole extravaganza was to leave me with lasting memories, and legacies I can now interpret for myself.
For surely life is but a mirror, reflecting back at us all that is? In that mirror we are shown, how stoic we can be, just how strong and resilient, overcoming adversity and any obstacle put in our way. We are shown we are not ‘the story’ we are a result of it. We are shown where opportunities lie and taking chances can lead. We recognised in others, places inside them where maybe a part of us lay hidden. As a result we knew in our heart of hearts that everything is possible, and that we can achieve whatever we choose and then act upon it. As someone who has come to terms with living with a condition that has somewhat disabled me, I know that I am not that condition, it is not who I am. 2012 therefore, and all it held, served to inspire, uplift and ignite sparks in me that continue to flicker. Sometimes the spark will grow a little dimmer, sometimes even be blown out, it is then I know that I have a choice, to stay in the dark or to re-ignite that flame.
Life it is said was not meant to be easy but it was meant to be embraced, held and explored. What costs little or nothing often holds the greatest gifts. To awake each day and say thank you for another gift, this brand new day that you hold in your heart and hands, is ‘Gods’ gift to you. For it is in this present, this present moment that another opportunity will come. Gratitude for life itself is a glorious practice to adopt. Living in our body as we do we take all of its functions mostly for granted? Give thanks for all you’ve been given and rejoice in the legacies life has left you. Look inside, look into your heart, feel in your heart, speak from your heart, love from your heart and boundless gifts will be unwrapped before your very eyes.
2013 beckons us all, look forward from your heart, stay connected in your heart. I ask that 2013 to be the year for us all that we enter with courage, love, faith, hope and peace, in the full knowledge that coming from that sacred place all will be given.
With Boundless Blessings and Abundant Love