I always get a little melancholy at the close of a year. I find myself contemplating what I’ve done, if I’ve accomplished what I set out to, and where I am in the trajectory of my life.
It’s easy to overlook the largest victory of all – that I’m still here. The older I get, the less I take that for granted and the more I remember to say, “Thank you, God.”
I just saw this very simple, but profound meme on Facebook that said, “If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door.”
That made me stop and think for a moment. I wish I could say I lived that way, that when something didn’t work out, I let it go and moved on, sure in the knowing that it wasn’t for me. But unfortunately, I’ve been known to do just the opposite. To jiggle the handle, to use all my might to pry the damn thing open, even knowing it shouldn’t be that hard.
So after contemplating and contemplating what it is I want to relinquish in the coming year, I have come to the conclusion that the thing most worth giving up is struggle.
How many times do we fight with ourselves or with others in an attempt to have things look or come out a particular way? And to what avail?
What would it look like if we accepted the notion that if we try the door and it doesn’t open, we move on to the next? What surprises would we find behind the doors that do open? What peace would we experience if we headed for our goals, but relinquished the control of their appearance?
So I think my mantra for the new year that lies ahead is that meme: if it doesn’t open, it’s not your door.
In other words, go where you’re wanted. Be with those who would have you. Quit trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Know who you are and be that.
I believe we are all called to greatness. We all have something to contribute that is very much needed. We are not put here to languish and then die. We are here as the human expression of divinity. We are here to love and be loved. All of us.
So as the New Year inches toward us, let us decide what we will take forward with us and what we will leave behind. And let’s leave behind anything that would limit us or our possibility for magnificence.
I am grateful for all of you who visit this blog, and who find meaning in what I create.
I stand with you now in love and gratitude and with a heart bursting with anticipation for all the good things this new year will bring.
I wish you all life’s richest blessings and I wish us all a world of peace.
Happy, happy New Year!!