Going into a New Year I can’t help to think of my need for delusional optimism-I always say- this is going to be a better year than last year….but when I look towards the prospect of 2017 I realize it will be very much like Life has always been, a roller coaster without regard for my comfort. I am one of those people who does not like great adventure, theme parks, crazy rides; adrenaline inducing stuff, Life has given me quite enough of that. I prefer the swan boats, the ones you can peddle and control the direction and speed of your journey, yes I have a bit of control freak gene, I believe it’s from my mother’s side of the pool.
In any case, this past year was full of challenges, ones I never thought I would have to face, but indeed life had other plans, “Life, it’s what happens when you’re busy making plans…” So I began to think about what makes it all possible, because despite my need to control -it’s all going to happen. The only thing I can say is that navigating the challenges has become not exactly easier but more understandable. I now know there are things that happen that I cannot control, I can only chose how I am going to respond to. I chose to respond in love and compassion because I have tried anger and judgment and it does not help.
This year addiction was a huge theme and I imagine it will continue to be as it is an epidemic in our world right now so it’s quite impossible to not be touched by it on some level. It is a mighty disease, one wrapped in shame, secrecy and often isolation, not a good mix for someone who needs healing. I have said goodbye to those who lost the battle and prayed incessantly for those who continue to wage the war. I hope to find ways to make a difference, to help facilitate healing, because diseases come in all forms, mental, physical and spiritual and addiction claims all.
Life will continue, the sun does not waver in the face of our challenges, and that my friends is a good thing, a constant presents of Light is needed for all of us to find our way. I hope this year brings you new ways to navigate your life that instills Compassion, Peace and Love.