Today is the last day of 2019. It is also the last day of the teens for this century. There will be no more for 100 years. I have not ever taken the time to notice the impact of this. New Years Eve celebrates the anticipation of a brand new year, but also a brand new era of time; a new decade. What will come?
So much has happened to the world in the past ten years. So many changes it is almost difficult to keep up as human beings. Earth seems to have picked up speed on her axis. New inventions have sprung up in rapid access. New ideas, new values, loud voices…
Have you ever taken the time to think, where was I during the 2000-teens? What part did I play in this performance called “life.” What did I contribute? Where did I flourish? How did I give to humanity? Was I a taker, or a giver? Was I a complainer or a builder? Was I thankful or greedy? Did I help build earth or deplete her sources? Did I learn anything from my mistakes or challenges? Did I grow into that person I hoped I would? How have I loved best?
Excitement is in the air today, waiting for tomorrow to start. Beginnings are fresh and blank; waiting for us to fill them. What will you become this decade? What is important enough? How will you do it?
For a New Beginning
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Hear the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindles,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening:
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
So you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
O’ Donohue, J. (2008). For a New Beginning. To Bless this Space Between Us. New York, NY: Doubleday.