I reflect on everything that I've learned from the last 365 days and all the teachings that have come my way. Every morning that you wake up you should make it a goal to learn something new. I reflect on the people I've met, the connections I've made and the friendships I've solidified. Meeting new people is the greatest gift of all. Think of all the people you've met in the past year....Every single one of them are unique in their own ways, they all come from different backgrounds, different families, different teachings. They all work in different professions, they all believe in different ideas, they all have a unique presence and bring it with them wherever they go. As do you. Whether good or challenging, everyone we've met has contributed to the shaping of our own beliefs and who the person we've ultimately become (and this isn't an end to it, as we continue to meet new people, we'll continue to shape ourselves).
During this time I also reflect on all the challenges we've faced as a society. Does it seem like we're moving backwards? Sometimes it does for sure. Actually, most times it feels that way to me. I think of all the ways I've contributed to moving forward, what can I do differently this year to make sure my footprints are left in a positive way? Challenges may knock us off our feet, but they're meant to teach us new ways to overcome them. When you get knocked down, just get up and find a new way to stand.
I reflect on the good I'm bringing to my world every day. Have I made viable contributions to the world that make my presence felt by others? Have I lived by the 7 teachings? Love, Wisdom, Truth, Courage, Love, Honesty, Humility and Respect. Have I committed my days to always treating others the way I want to be treated? There's no purpose in being selfish. Selflessness is a gift you give to others, but often that gift has the greatest effect on us. Always show people kindness no matter their circumstance, because the greatest investment is that you make in a person.
As we reach the end of this year, we need to take the time to reflect on what we've accomplished and what we've missed in order to move forward with new ambitions and new accomplishments. So many people talk about resolutions, but you don't need to make resolutions if you're resolved. Resolutions are indicators of desire, but not agents of change. The moment you make a resolution, it starts to lose momentum, so instead of being a compass and knowing what you want to do, be the engine and make it happen. Make a plan and plan out the steps it'll take to make it happen.
and lastly, as we reflect on this past year. Don't let our strengths and weaknesses, our downfalls and accomplishments of 2014 be forgotten at the coming of the new year. We must always carry the good with the bad to keep us grounded and guide us through something new.
Whether you celebrate the Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or nothing at all, make sure you carry the prayers of Peace, Love and Healing with you for yourself, for others, for Humankind and for Mother Earth. For the ancestors passed, and for the generations ahead. We don't live life for ourselves, we're here to honour the past, and leave a better future.
I look forward to the opportunities that await myself and Moonlight Works in the new year, and I also welcome the mistakes and challenges ahead, because those too are opportunities.
Wishing everyone a safe, peaceful, love filled and prosperous holiday season and new year. From my family, to yours.