WALKING IN THE NEW BEGINNING…

My Goal for 2018:          ….is to Accomplish the goals of 2017

                                                ….which I should have Done in 2016

                                                ….because I Promised them in 2015

                                                ….and Planned them in 2014

Often this is our story and this is our song!

We gear up every year 1st January with new Goals – new Aspirations – new Resolutions – new Commitments but what happens in between that we shift gears for different roads and finally gives excuse.

Have you ever played with an Ant?

Yes… every time you put an obstacle in its way, it will change its pace and direction but will never stop or will never change its destination.

It is the renewed mind that compels us to grow in spite of all odds

Often our New Year resolutions for new beginnings are very much ‘Trendy’. Setting new goals and making new commitments has all most become a trend, we make it in different flashy and impressing ways but what happens after?

How we are unable to stay committed to our commitments?

Why we switch-over our plans and resolutions?

Bible says: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

As a baby I never tied my shoes and start walking the way I suppose to, Rather I took the help of my father and started learning to walk. Often I fall and fail to walk but all the time my father take hold of my hand, cleaned my knees and healed my wounds and taught me HOW I to Walk!

Our New Beginning is exactly so

between us & our Eternal father –God, The Almighty

We can never deny the truth – our wisdom & works are finite and full of flaws. But God in His infinite knowledge and perfect in strength knows better than us. He has ordained all the days of our life on earth and can heal our invisible scars & wounds.

Bible says,

Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you”

He came to my desk with a quivering lip,
the lesson was done.
“Have you a new sheet for me, dear teacher?
I’ve spoiled this one.”
I took his sheet, all soiled and blotted
and gave him a new one all unspotted.
And into his tired heart I cried,
“Do better now, my child.”

I went came to the throne with a trembling heart;
the day was done.
“Have you a new day for me, dear Master?
I’ve spoiled this one.”
He took my day, all soiled and blotted
and gave me a new one all unspotted.
And into my tired heart he cried,
“Do better now, my child.”

(https://journeyingon.wordpress.com/2007/12/11/a-new-sheet-a-new-day/)

God bless you!

 

NEW BEGINNING EVERYDAY

Pleasant situations weave golden memories but the not-so-pleasant situations, at times shake us to the root and we are left shattered. Then comes the never-ending depression phase of our life, which is overloaded with regrets, worries, grief, sadness, dejection; and our life becomes depression-overloaded; just like a pizza menu which reads veggie-overload, cheese-overload, chicken-overload, etc. And we spend hours looking at the closed door without realizing a window has already opened for us. We get engulfed with cares, worries, and so much responsibility that we cannot even enjoy the beauty and glories of life. Our efficient involvement in the dull routine of daily life, deprives us to enjoy the beauty of nature that exists all around us. Soon we feel our life is ebbing away. Here comes the question – what is this life so full of worries if we have no time to stand and stare?

Life is a great humdrum affair which often ranges from a pickled morning to a savory evening. No matter how we perceive life, it moves on. It doesn’t stop by to glance at our cheerful face or tear-stained face. And by the virtue of the swiftness of life, we too keep moving, without realizing life often begins at the end of our comfort zone.

Let us forget the sorrowful verses which impel us to believe life is a hollow and meaningless dream. Life is not so shady or worthless as it looks like and it has much more potential than we can think of. Every moment is a fresh beginning. We often think by taking a big step in our life, we can make a new beginning, but let us not forget that a journey of thousand miles is determined by those small steps that we take. When dark clouds of uncertainty encircle us and disparity rains down on us, we can spark a new beginning by learning to dance in the rain instead of waiting for it to pass.

Every day of your life is a new beginning, not just the first day of the year. Regard every day as the beginning of your new, better and happier life. Start every day of the year with feelings of happiness and with the anticipation that great and wonderful things are going to happen. Regardless of your circumstances, begin every day of the year with a smile, hope and expectations. Every day, restate your goals and your decisions for your new, happy and successful life.

You don’t have just one opportunity to carry out a decision or achieve a goal. If you failed to carry them out, you don’t need to wait for the beginning of the next year. You can make a new resolution every day, and you can start again every day, if you failed in your first, second or even third attempt.

“Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.”
– Marsha Petrie Sue

LOOK BEYOND THE END FOR NEW BEGINNINGS

Most people reserve the New Year to make new resolutions and set goals. On the first day of the New Year people are ready with resolutions which they hope to fulfill in the upcoming months. Most hope and only a few actually plan to attain their goals.

The New Year symbolizes a fresh start, a break from the past. Although every day, every moment we live, is a new one compared to the previous moment or day.  And then there is life which presses the reset button without our consent and we have to start again in our lives. A death of a loved one, end of a relationship, loss of job, change of place causes us to restart our lives in one way or other. It’s not always easy and we have to stay strong.

New beginnings are symbolic of the cycle of life and death. All good things come to an end. One may say all that begins has to end. It’s the law of nature. In a movie I recently watched “Tangled” (It’s a Disney movie released in 2010 based on the fairy-tale of Rapunzel). In a particular scene, Rapunzel is excited to see the lanterns which have fascinated her since her childhood. But when she is very close to find the source of the lanterns she becomes anxious.  First, she is unsure if she will actually like it and second, she does not know what she will do if she likes what she sees. Eugene tells her that if she likes what she sees then she has to find a new dream.

Change is the only constant in our ever-changing world. And our ability to adapt becomes very important to face the diverse situations and challenges. As I mentioned earlier it’s not always easy to take control of our lives especially in times of immense heartbreak, sorrows and failures. These are the occasions when the affected person needs our help.  People who can’t cope up are termed as weak, failures and losers. When people say they are in depression they are not taken seriously. Certain friends would invite them to a party and ask them to forget their sorrows. Parents just say that one has to be strong and they had faced tougher situations in their lives. This is not exactly the right approach.

People suffering from mental breakdowns and depression can find it really difficult to get their life back in order. In a society which does not take mental illness seriously the impacted individuals need human understanding and compassion.  They require constant encouragement and instead of criticizing they should be allowed to embrace their feeling which helps them to cope up and let go of their losses gradually. Spiritual guidance often becomes very significant and effective in such cases because God has always taught us compassion and love.

Another case which is highly prevalent in our Indian society is the high expectations parents have from their wards to perform in the examinations.  Poor results result in suicides in some cases and parents fail to see beyond the report-cards of their children. A sister of my close friend took her life owing to a poor result.  A child is deemed a loser, a failure, an idiot incapable of doing anything with one’s life just because one fails in an exam or does not secure an expected grade. Parents should realize that their wards can always start fresh. Instead of heaping their expectations on them, they should rather act as their guides and share their wisdom.

Life does not exactly run in a linear course. There are always ends and new beginnings. Life is convoluted and flows like a wild river. Smooth sailing has to be enjoyed but inevitably it gets rough and sometimes we have to go the river-bank to fix the sail and start again till we reach our destination.