Gratitude for the New Year! – Jan. 4, 2018
When I think of all the things that I have experienced in 2017, I am very happy to be into a new year. There are so many things that we can experience, some good, some fun, some not so good, yet, all of them go into helping to form us as the people that we are becoming.
Last year, I had high hopes of having a shot of moving abroad, yet, that isn’t what was in the cards for me as it happened. I had high hopes of getting a program together to help kids with cancer to help them heal using hypnosis, and that didn’t happen. I had high hopes of being well on my way to getting a master’s degree in human development and that did not happen. Instead, I found myself doing much smaller things for people who I am close to, and that is just fine.
I was speaking to my youngest sister on the phone about a month ago when she told me the truth. I had emailed her about my daily life, mainly helping my friend with his health issues, and that he was really getting much better, but it was far from a “glamorous life.” Well, my sister is as pragmatic as they come, telling me that very few people she knows live a glamorous life, they are just doing what is necessary to pay the bills, day in and day out. She had me laughing my guts out because what she said was true enough.
I have never been one to follow the norms of society, they just haven’t worked out that well for me, bringing all sorts of health issues into my life. And yet, living off of my own company has been so challenging these last few years – really it has. If it weren’t for my friends and family, I would be in a very bad spot and that is the truth. I am grateful for having these special people in my life. People don’t have the interest in spending money on mental health issues as they once did. So, it has been even harder to find well-paying work. However, this is what I am trained to do and what I love to do. In fact, just about a week ago I spoke with three of my younger clients – all in their 20’s and all of them are doing so much better then they were when I worked with them originally. I always get the warm fuzzy feeling that this is what I am here to do after talking to these kids. To help the young ones be freed from whatever is getting them down. It doesn’t have to be done on a massive basis, it can be what it is and for that I am grateful. I know all these clients very well and I am happy to acknowledge that they know me very well too. They were not one of thousands, they were one of 100’s over many years. When I note what they have become, I am so gratified and grateful.
What do I want for the New Year? Well, I would love to be able to go abroad again, and I do believe that will happen. I won’t necessarily be living abroad, but I will have a way to get there and enjoy myself, learning ever more about the world and myself in the process.
Will I still be here where I am currently? Who knows? I never know. I just have learned to go with the flow of life and be okay with it. Because the reality is that we never know what life has to share with us, do we? All we can do is allow the opportunities to come along and do what we can with them. Sometimes it is a learning opportunity and sometimes it doesn’t work out. It is okay because from where I stand in my life, I have had some of the most amazing experiences a person could hope for all around the world. That was what I had set out to do when I was much younger, and I made it come to pass. So, I will allow that same magic to manifest again, never knowing how exactly. What I do know though, is that if I do enough to help those who truly need it, my own life is taken care of somehow.
I wish for you to be able to do those things that matter to you with the people that you really care about. I wish for you to be able to be okay when things don’t work out the way you conceived them, and be willing to be grateful for the alternative opportunities you received instead. Most of all I wish for you to have a New Year that allows you to be you, doing those things that you really care about with people that you feel a symbiotic relationship with because that is the most magnificent life of all.
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