For Auld Lang Syne- for the old times.
It's the first day of a new decade today, and tomorrow, I will begin my 49th trip around the sun. This has been a year of reflection growth, and renewed understanding of my own, and my fellow traveler's, plights. I feel more creative and connected to myself and others in spite of what can be challenging or uncertain circumstances at times.
My painting at the moment seems to be vacillating between restraint and wildness, letting loose, then tightening things up. Subtlety and power. Although those may seem contradictory, power can indeed stem from subtlety and restraint. Some of the most beautiful and powerful things in the world are not the ones shouting out for attention, but are found in the quiet corners of life each day. Making time for stillness, reflection and friendships. Learning to be fully present and not reactionary can transform a moment in time you never get back. That is powerful and beautiful stuff.
As I grow older, I learn that each circumstance that comes my way -good or bad- also comes with a lesson to learn. And inside that lesson God gives a nugget of wisdom to help us become who we were created to be. A better version; one that is lighter, loving, more resilient, and forgiving, of ourselves and those around us.
The challenge, then, is to become receptive to the wisdom available to us. To resist the urge to contract and close up in the face of difficulty, instead opening up to allow God's beauty, grace and love to consume us. In every situation, the good, the bad and the ugly, there is a constant, and that constant is love. And in love, there is healing, truth and a light to guide our way.
This is a strange and mysterious journey we are all on. Some of it breathtakingly beautiful and some of it gut wrenchingly difficult. But our burdens are eased and we are fortified to keep going through it all by friends and family and those whose paths we cross.
So to begin the year, we say goodbye to the old and look forward to the new year and new self emerging just in the rightness of time- together.
And some age old wisdom seems appropriate-
" And there's a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o'thine!
And we'll take a right good-will draught
for auld lang syne"
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