“Today is Your Day to Dance with Life. It Really Is.” ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie
You know this. There are times in our lives that lend themselves to starting something new. The beginning of a new year, finishing school, leaving a job, or changing homes – these all are times that turn our minds to fresh starts. Their advantage is that they bring with them the energy of that event, creating a tide of change around them that we can ride to the next shoreline. But the truth is, you can choose to start anew anytime. In any moment we can decide that a bad day or a relationship that’s gotten off on the wrong foot can be started again. We’ve all done this and we’re often glad we did. It’s this mental shift that allows us to clean the slate and approach anything with fresh eyes, and we can make that choice at any time.
Starting new is most powerful when we focus our attention to what we are choosing to create. Giving all our attention to the unwanted aspects of our lives allows what we resist to persist. I have a friend who likes to quote Jim Morrison when she’s in like situations: “No time to wallow in the mire…” We need to remember to leave enough room in the process of new beginnings to be kind to ourselves, because it takes time to become accustomed to anything new, no matter how much we like it.
Making the choice to start anew has its own unique energy. It’s a promise made to you. The forward momentum creates a sort of vacuum behind it, pulling toward you all you need to help you continue moving in your chosen direction. How often do you feel that positive, pulling force? It’s pretty exhilarating, isn’t it? Once the journey has begun, it may take unexpected turns, but it never really ends. Some times it’s intermittent. Other times it seems continuous.
Like cycles in nature, there are periods of growth and periods of dormancy that give pause for the right moment to burst forth. Each time we choose to start anew we have opportunities to dedicate ourselves to becoming the best we are able to be.
Here’s to your new starts!