For some time now I’ve looked at the time between Christmas and New Year as a time to reflect, time to meditate, time to be thoughtful. It’s a time to look back over the last twelve months with gratitude, and a time to look forward with hope, with excitement, and with anticipation. I took a long walk out this morning, down by the river near my home, and the overwhelming thoughts I had were of thankfulness and excitement. In fact this year I got so excited about 2012 that I started my thinking and dreaming process way before Christmas!
There are so many wonderful things in my life right now. Some wonderful friends, some wonderful adventures that I am on. Sure, there are some really, really hard things going on too. Despite the adventure of my round the world trip, 2011 has also had its share of heartache – and I’m sure that there will be discomfort in 2012 alongside the joy and the excitement. I suspect that it’s the same for you in many ways. And in particular the current financial crisis brings its own share of uncertainty and discomfort. And yet, something seemed to say to me this morning “All will be well”. Not just for me, but for you too. Something is happening in my life, and something is happening in your life… something magical, something wonderful. Something full of joy. Something full of purpose. If you stay open to it. If you learn to listen to your heart, and follow it – your head will catch up eventually.
I know there are many things that will change in 2012. For me as well as for you. There are new beginnings, new adventures, new friendships, maybe even new romances. And there are endings, too. Things that have been part of your life will fall away, because you’ve moved on – because something new is coming, and by letting go of the old, we allow ourselves to step into the new. Some things will change and some will disappear.
Many of you know that I am a hopeless romantic. A Christmas tradition for me has been to watch a romantic movie and to dream. This year I watched “Serendipity” again which is one of my top five movies of all time. If you haven’t watched it – well, watch it. If you have – well, watch it again. And listen.
The story is about passion – and about love. But it’s all about our part in creating that destiny – by listening to our hearts, by listening to the signs that the Universe sends us.. as the movie says “if we are to live life in harmony with the universe, we must all possess a powerful faith in what the ancients used to call ‘fatum’, what we currently refer to as ‘destiny’”
And as Sarah in the movie points out “You don’t have to understand, you just have to have faith – faith in destiny”
There is something wonderful happening for you right now.. if you stay open to it, and if you follow the little signs that you are sent – a song, a story, a chance comment. Pay attention. Listen out for the clues, the hints, the signposts. Learn to follow them.
But the key question is, as the movie says: “The Greeks only asked one question when a man died.. ‘Did he have passion?’”
So what’s your call as you look into 2012? Will you have passion? Passion for what you want? Passion for loving others? Passion for the world?
So are you prepared to live 2012 on the edge with me? Are you willing to step into the fire, knowing that that surrender leads you to your purpose, to your meaning – and to true, wonderful joy and happiness??