January 1, 2010. As a bell rings one note and then another, the calendar page changes bringing the New Year and a new decade. Revelers celebrate the New Year, hoping for something more than was experienced in the year just past.
In reading the news over the past few days, listening to TV interviews, and hearing comments from friends, the something more many of us hope for begins with better economic times in this New Year than what was experienced in 2009. Other hopes include those for happiness in relationships, fulfillment in work, as well as other life changes. While these are all positive things in and of themselves, perhaps it is worth considering at the start of this New Year that life is always changing. Those changes, in themselves, can be experienced as positive or negative. In themselves, the changes are really just the events of our lives. The real “positive” or “negative” has to do with what we make of those events.
The something more that we hope for in life is very much our own making. Whether work is satisfying, relationships nourishing, and our goals promising has a great deal to do with us and the way we choose to view the events of our lives. We are the ones who create the meaning, purpose, and value which can positively color our lives. We each have the unique ability to create value within our daily experiences, transforming each moment into something beautiful.
Perhaps the best resolution for the New Year is to ring in a new perception of our lives: that the something more we hope to find is within our grasp. Some of life’s events will work with way we hope and others won’t. But along the way, we can choose to experience that which can nourish us and bring fulfillment to our lives even in the most ordinary experiences. Living in such a way is living life from a richly spiritual perspective.
© 2010, emerging by Lou Kavar, Ph.D.. All rights reserved.