Stephanie Pearce: Calm waters ahead
January 19, 2014
New Year's resolutions aren't something I ever have been successful at making or keeping. I just want this year, again, to focus on what is important to me; to slow down and take in all the joys there are around me. I want to take this year and make it about being joyful, thankful and positive about the situations around me.
Last year, so many things had happened in my life that really taking the time to "just be" was hard. I think we all have times in our lives like that. When we feel like we are in a river, being carried in a rough current that we can't get out of, and being pulled further and further from our destinations. We can't seem to get close enough to the bank to grab onto something and pull ourselves to shore.
It's times like these when I have to make time to just stop. Stop where I am and close my eyes. I take a few deep breaths, and I offer up a prayer. Not a prayer asking for what's going on around me to stop, but rather a prayer of thanks. Thanks for this moment in my life right now. Thanks for whatever lesson I'm to be learning right now. Thanks for making me a better person through all that I am going through right now. Just thank you. I take a few more deep breaths and keep going.
The waters seem to calm just a bit when I do this and the current seems to slow. When this action takes place, I don't panic anymore. I soak in that moment and now imagine that instead of being pulled in the current with a mighty force, I'm on a tube relaxing and floating the river and that I can get off at any time. I soak in the moment and instead of being scared of where I'm going, how scraped up and choked by the waters I will be, I know that I am being guided in calm waters of gratitude.
I'm making a conscious effort not to go where the waters get out of control this year. No matter what I go through, I know where the waters will be calm and where they will be rough. I have to choose to steer myself in the right direction. I choose to give thanks in hard times and know that there is a purpose for the path I am on. I may not see it right now, or ever, but there is a purpose for it. For all the experiences that I count negative, there is a growth experience and I am thankful for that.
This year will be a good year. Even if there are rough times, because I purpose to look for the good in it all, it WILL be a good year. I will slow down, be joyful, thankful and be positive. That's really all I need. That's what is important to me.