I received the following, multiple times, on my Face Book page:
“I’m walking into 2019 with a clear heart and mind. If you owe me, don’t worry about it. You are welcome. If you’ve wronged me, it’s all good. Lesson learned. If you are angry with me, you have won. I let it go. If we aren’t speaking, it’s cool. (Though I truly love you and wish you well.) If you feel I have wronged you, I apologize. It wasn’t intentional.
Life is too short for all the pent up anger, holding of grudges and extra pain and stress.
Here’s to 2019!!!
Remember, forgiving someone is for you, and not for them. Don’t block your blessing!!!
Feel free to copy and paste this, spreading positive vibes and a season of forgiveness!!! I love you all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!”
It thrills me to see others beginning to “GET IT!” 🙂
Today marks the last day of the year 2018 according to the calendar which most organize their lives by. Tomorrow begins a new day within a new month of a new year… 2019. What will that look like? More of the same? An extension of the stress, confusion, pain and disorder that you experienced in 2018? Or, could a true NEW BEGINNING take place?
The Bible describes the “Jubilee Year” as the year at the end of seven cycles, the “Sabbath’s Sabbath.” According to Leviticus, slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts forgiven, and the mercies of God would be particularly manifest. Like the weekly “Sabbath,” this Jubilee Year was a culturally accepted time to release debts, reflect upon one’s former decisions and begin anew. Running through all of creation, all of nature herself, scripture included, is the theme of new beginnings, utilizing one’s former attempts to create something substantial and immortal. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!”
What if you could open up your mind sufficiently to accept that YOU can give your self the opportunity TODAY… to begin anew. What if YOU can decide that the former “you,” the one who previously existed for outside validation, according to the lusts of the flesh, desiring the acknowledgements and honors of mortals…
What if THAT “you” decided to “commit suicide” of sorts… by gently and firmly putting that “old man” aside and “becoming a NEW man” (in Christ). Are you ready? Is this opportunity to begin anew, to become fresh and whole and Real enticing enough? Are you done, finally and emphatically, with the former ways that brought agony and pain into your life? Though they might have initially SEEMED enticing to your “natural man” self, did you experiment enough upon those “desires of the flesh” to lay them aside? Once and for all?
Can you apply “Forgiveness” to yourself so that you can apply it to all others? Forgiveness, starting anew, is a tremendous gift we give… to our selves! Baptism is a symbolic representation of this gift, witnessed to others. However, NO ONE… God or man… has the “power” to give us this gift! Renewal must come from the inside out. To our self!
“Jesus said love everyone, treat them kindly, too! When your heart is filled with love, others will love you.” These were the lyrics to a simple song that was imprinted in my brain, and that of many other LDS young children. And yet… are these words true? Jesus was NOT loved… by most. He was hated, and condemned, and feared, and so very, very misunderstood; so much so that he was crucified. As had been prophesied, as he even owned, Jesus, the personification of “Real Truth,” was a “Rock of Offense,” a stumbling block. And so will each of us be that take up our cross and follow Him. We also will be hated, misunderstood, and our works and intentions become stumbling blocks to many others who, judging us, fall themselves.
So, whether we INTEND to give offense, or INTEND to BE the L.O.V.E. that Jesus was, we WILL offend.
And yet, knowing and accepting this, can we just accept the fact that even and especially if we “are about our Father’s business”… we will offend… can we forgive those who take offense? Can we forgive ourselves? Can we smile and peacefully continue on in L.O.V.E. and harmony with our self and all others?
I originally posted this poem of mine as its own post, but am including it here, in the body of this one, as it contributes and reminds.
Oh, what a wondrous experiment this…
~ Contrast ~
~ Emotion ~
In a world of, apparently,
Limited resources for all!
Like a river that appears to get dammed up
And turbulence unseen…
We are offered opportunities with emotion…
Opportunities to take offense,
All in the name of experience
But when forgiveness is offered
And truly felt
Even better, when offense is not taken…
The dam bursts,
The current flows
With its gifts of unspeakable delight
I GIVE FOR you.
(You may have tried to TAKE something from me. . .
But I GIVE FOR you. )
Truly, “I TURN THE OTHER CHEEK… FOR YOU.”
The following is a personal experience, taken from my autobiography:
I had always spent daily time with the children reading to them from the best books available, not only of a “spiritual” nature in our morning Devotionals, but also of a more secular nature during our school time. Occasionally, I would find documentaries or other movies concerning some of the personalities that we had read about and would bring them into our experience. After reading a simple biography about Amelia Earhart, I happened to find a movie about her life in the St. George library and checked it out. Watching it one day with the children, I was deeply moved during one particular scene. The film showed Amelia taking the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, for a flight in her plane. According to the story, Eleanor had been ecstatic during the experience and heartily declared that as soon as they landed, she was going to get herself a pilot’s license.
However, that was not to be. After landing and enthusiastically sharing her dream with her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, he was quoted as having emphatically insisted that “Oh, no you will NOT! You are too valuable to the American people to risk your life flying.” Eleanor acquiesced to his demands and her dream was never realized.
That night after viewing the movie, while washing the dinner dishes, I shared with David and Tyler some pivotal highlights from Amelia’s life that I had garnered from her book and movie. When I got to that point in the story, Tyler said, “Well, gee, mom. You don’t have to get angry about it.” I was stunned by his remark. Was I really angry? Anger was an emotion that I had not really allowed myself to ever explore. Yet Tyler was picking up that I had strong emotion regarding this issue. Hmmm….
When finished, I picked up toddler Harmony to carry her into the bathroom for a bath before bedtime. As I did, I noticed a peculiar sensation. On the left side of my check, near my lip, I had what felt like a slow twitch of some sort. As I focused in on what I was feeling, the nerve seemed to contract in for a few seconds before releasing. It did this several times until I had made my way through the house and to my bathroom.
Sitting Harmony on the counter, I then looked closely in the mirror so I could watch what was happening. As I did so, I felt my inner councilor ask the question: “Do you want to keep that?”
What? Oh, this twitch or whatever it was that I was experiencing? Hmmm…. Do you mean, do I want to have this as a permanent wrinkle on my face? No, no, of course I don’t.”
“Then learn the lesson, but let go of the energy.”
Wow! As I pondered on this principle, I realized the profundity of it. My body was creating a literal blueprint of each of my experiences with emotion and my resultant choices in life. Any wrinkles, for instance, reflected judgments I had made. As I continued reflecting upon this lesson I was being tutored in I then saw the beauty of allowing one’s self to live life, gathering the wisdom and understanding from one’s experiences, feel and safely express the feelings, but immediately letting go of any judgments and the energy felt, always maintaining a deep peace. Yes, peace would always be my trusty barometer.
As I pondered upon the energy that I had been feeling and that Tyler had accurately perceived, I realized that I had deep desires to see each woman, each person, validated and respected and enabled and assisted by others… particularly by those closest to them… to pursue their dreams. I had personally been stopped by others from living *MY* life, and it was this “trigger” that Eleanore’s experience found within me. My experience gave me opportunity to see the energy that I was holding within myself regarding this issue and to do something about it. Releasing energy is transformative! Releasing energy is for-give-ness! Releasing energy is a tremendously empowering gift we give our Selves!
And so, as my HAPPY NEW YEAR gift… to *YOU*… I invite each one of you to:
Commit “Suicide” of your former non-real self. Give yourself the gift of a clean slate. Become a pure little child and live each day of this new year from an innocent heart. Start Over. Be Who *YOU* Are! Be-YOU-Ti-FULL!
You never need to allow a person to continue in your life who has proven to you to be out of alignment with the respect that you deserve. Let the person go. Neutralize the energy surrounding your prior experiences with them. Come back into balance. Forgive them. Forgive your self. Learn the lessons from your experiences without carrying forth the judgments or the draining life energy. Let them go along with all the residual energy related to your experiences with them.
Begin life anew! Be *YOU*! Be your true, amazing, wonder-filled Self! This year, interact with all others from this same glorious and pure state. As an innocent little child, see each person with eyes of wonder! IF your interactions are warm and mutually beneficial, then continue with them! If not, then respect your Self and the “other” by making the changes necessary to bring your relationship with them into greater alignment… or create the separation and severance necessary to continue on in peace and mutual respect.
“No matter WHAT your past has been… you have a spotless future!”
In my pursuit of Real Truth, I have given up everything. Crawling through the “eye of the needle,” I have learned the *mysteries* and am now giving my life to assist YOU to dis-cover Who *YOU* really are, along with your unique gift to offer humanity. As you learn to seek (in the right place and with purified intent), you WILL find treasures of lasting value, along with every promised reward. Together, we will establish a society of humane beings and live life ALIVE, on PURPOSE, and with a sociality unequaled… because we will each BE and view each other as equally and profoundly DIVINE! Please… catch this Hope and Vision and join with me.