It’s that time of the year when we will soon be singing “Auld Lang Syne.” We take a quick look back on what we have done well and what can be improved upon during this year. As we leave the old behind, we should gently close the door.
We should bend down and pick up the gems that gleam from each situation and encounter and put them in our keeper’s basket. Then we must sweep that unwanted and unneeded and simply stamp them as discards. We can then let out a deep sigh of relief and privately think, “Glad that is over!”
We don’t have to be angry for the hard experiences because as we grow in grace and wisdom, we come to understand that every man or person is our teacher. We look for the lessons and though some are painful, we realize that it is not personal. Usually unkind people are unkind to many others as well. It is how they roll. We simply were put in their paths to garner something to help us grow in some way.
Through it all, hopefully our character has been positively altered in some form or fashion. Perhaps, we have become more mindful of how we impact others and vow to have more positive interactions with those new persons that we will be meeting in the future.
There are always lessons to be learned and as we advance as a more spiritually-attuned person, we become less rattled by the abrasive actions of others. We begin to give situations the proverbial light touch and try to keep our emotions more in check.
Wherever we find ourselves at this year’s end, we should tally our data and be honest about our gains. As we gently close the door on the past, we can give it a wave and “keep on stepping.” The world is waiting for our new and enhanced selves to dig in and share our gifts!
Lynn M. December 9, 2018