As I consider the new year I have been blessed to see, the butterfly and its transformative journey has captured my spirit for 2019. We admire the beauty of the butterfly and its grace as it floats through the air. Yet, the metamorphosis of a butterfly occurs in distinct stages that each exact a certain amount of growth and struggle as it progresses toward its ultimate grandeur. The butterfly’s beginning does not foretell the miracle of its imminent magnificence while flitting and floating through the air. In the year 2018, I experienced and witnessed moments that I couldn’t have predicted in the beginning. Some were pleasing and others less so. Some events were marked by promise and possibility while others signaled resolution and conclusion, depending on its appointed life cycle.
In 2019, I am ready to continue my journey. The fact that I am still here tells me that God wants me to birth more ideas, make more connections, give more, live more, and love more. I’ve been considering how I might use this precious time I have been given and I found 5 quotes that reflect where my head and heart are right now:
”New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.”– Charles Lamb
New Year’s Day is as good a day as any to make a fresh start. Two areas where I want to “begin again” are nutrition and fitness. I have made progress in fits and starts, but I am hoping real change takes hold this year.
”You will never win if you never begin.”– Helen Rowland
This past year, I encountered many opportunities. There were moments, when I just had to say to myself, “What do you have to lose?” and plow ahead. Actually, I was rewarded nicely in some instances. In those cases, where things did not turn out as expected, I learned a lot. Neither the blessings nor the lessons could have happened if I hadn’t made the leap. I’m determined to be brave again this year.
”Celebrate what you want to see more of.”– Tom Peters
I have observed that I often talk about what I want in terms of what I don’t want. I’m not going to speak life to what I don’t want anymore. I plan to affirm what I see that feeds my vision and disconnect from whatever disrupts it. Period.
“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.”– PauloCoehlo
It can be hard to say goodbye – to people, ideas, even outdated clothing. However, holding on to what is no longer serving me has really become a burden. Letting go of what I don’t need or want makes room for something new. I am excited about reclaiming lost mental and emotional energy, physical space, and ultimately, PEACE.
”It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
Sometimes, I work with discouraged parents who want to change the way they interact with their children, but feel like they’ve done “too much damage” already. Here’s what I’ve been saying to them – “It’s never too late to be the parent you want to be.” I thought I was original! I just don’t recall seeing this quote, attributed to George Eliot; I promise! Yet, this sentiment is how I encouraged myself as I approached each new day as a mother of young children. It has also encouraged me on this entrepreneurial journey after careers in the public and private sectors. I have many friends who are much farther along in their life’s pursuits and I applaud them. However, as long as I have breath, I still have time to become a miracle.
What encourages you as you head into 2019? Please share!