Beginnings Require Endings
I know that its Christmas time and feelings are everywhere. Some good, and some not so good. And the list is long of what you need to get done before the big day(s). I've been thinking a lot about the meaning of Christmas: the things I want to keep in my life, the things I want to let go of, and the person I want to be.
For those of you who know the Christmas story with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Mary was a teenage mom who was told by an angel that she was pregnant with the savior of the world. Talk about a new beginning! This was heady news for a young teenager. What would she do?! She could have run to hide (she did visit her cousin), or she could have risked being stoned to death if she went another route with her truth. Instead, she did what the angel said and told her fiance the news. A whole new beginning.
Here's one thing I've discovered:
An ending doesn’t necessarily mean you’re giving up – it just means that you’re starting
again, but in another direction. Mary couldn't give up, because the heavens were depending on her. Or for us, it doesn’t mean that you’re giving up on a job because you quit working at your place of employment. It does mean that you don’t see a good reason to continue in the present job, so you’re going to begin another that will take you more in the direction you want to go.
New beginnings require that you absolutely bring an end to the part of your life that
isn’t working for you and bring in the positive thinking of the new life you’re about to
enter. Read Mary's story and you'll read her song of rejoicing and acceptance of this new beginning in her life.
Try this one on:
• Change your mindset – Change your mind about whatever isn’t working in your
life and concentrate on the steps that will lead you toward the changes you want
and need to make. Think of the changes as positive forces in your life. For
example, if you want to change your dietary habits, think of your old ways as
unhealthy – poison to the system and taking years off your lifespan. Mary had to move forward. She needed to change her mindset and take the action that was required of her.
I'll share more tips on how to make a successful new beginning in your life. I've had to (and chosen to) do it several times, too.
You can do this.
Certified Body Code Practitioner, life coach and energy healer, former non-profit executive with years of experience in caring for and about people and their place in this world. Friend of refugees and immigrants, ally to the addiction recovery community--all with respect, love, and compassion for mutual healing.