As we take the final footsteps of 2016 we look back on the year past. It was a very good year for us, but a lot of folks have gone through similar circumstances as our dreadful 2015 of loss, and I know we are all looking towards 2017 with great anticipation and hope. It seems the universe is sweeping so much from all of us, a cleansing of sorts, a realization of the reliance we had on items, jobs, people, and places, a new chapter of self discovery and path changes has occurred to most people I know. This can be a very good thing. Through the ashes and chaos comes a bright new path through the woods of adventure, inspiration, great views of beauty and joy that could only be experienced through darkness. This is going to be a beautiful year, Friends. (What are your resolutions?)
Every year I plot my course, a rigid syllabus filled with learn everything about…., master this language, do this, achieve that, be in perfect physical shape and eat only green smoothies for a year! This year I sit with pen and paper and attempt to write out my desired life. My beautiful new house awaits our family. There is a garden to tend (an entire yard to garden, that is!). My shop is busy. We are planning a second shop down south. I find myself battling questions like, “Should I still teach?” “Should I start the homesteading school up again?” Every cell of my body wants to sit with a cup of coffee and a good magazine. I realize that I do not need to plot out the whole year. I don’t want to teach…right now. Perhaps I will later. Perhaps I won’t. I have spent so long coming up with every hair brained scheme to make enough money for us to survive that this year I want to just trust. We are good. I am taken care of. I am blessed. (What blessings did you have this year?)
This year I want to live. I never put that on my resolutions. I want to rest more. Spend more time with friends. Go dancing. Go travel a bit. Read more. Eat well. Be happy. Laugh more. I am far too serious. I must learn to laugh. (What do you need to do more of?)
In order to achieve this deep seeded peace and happiness I realize that I need to get rid of animosities and deep seeded irritations. I have such a profound anger, I realize, towards the medical model. The urgent cares popping up on every corner. Friends in the hospital under care for things obviously caused by drugs they are on, only to be given more drugs that interact. The brainwashing of society to believe that doctors know everything and that we have to take their advice, must take the pharmaceutical companies’ drugs, must run to urgent care for fever, sprained ankles, you must not make your own decisions towards health care….I fall in a heap of sadness that mothers have lost their power to heal. I want to reteach everyone that plant medicines are every bit as effective, or more so, that they heal, that you can treat yourself, that you can….Another commercial comes on for another drug that won’t heal. Marijuana also parading around pretending to be medicine. I sigh and take another sip of tea. I have to let this go. I have to let this go. (What do you need to let go of?)
People can do their research, they can read side effects, they can make their own decisions. I am not responsible for the world. I need to just do my work. Make my medicines. Help those that come. Love them. Smile. Help who I am sent. Breathe. I am not responsible for the world. We all just need to do what we are here to do. Do your work with great love and passion. (What is your work? Hint: not necessarily what you do for a living.)
Live. That is my new year’s resolution. I want to live. Be in the moment. Laugh. Smile. Love with all of my heart. And all will be well with the world. All the other resolutions will fall into place. But peace is the best resolution we can have. The dawn of 2017 looks wondrous. (What are your hopes for the year?)
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Great post! I think we all need to step back and really focus on our goals and things we need to let go of (and I total agree on the medical stuff). To truly living in 2017!!! 🙂
I do love fresh starts! Happy New Year!
I’m shocked that your society is so medicalised…. surprised as well, considering medicine costs money. But I guess if it is a business.
Anyway, I too would like to let go of anger. In my case, I make things personal and harbour bitterness instead of concentrating my thoughts on energy on paying off the mortgage so I have more choices. So, resolution no. 2 is to put as much into the mortgage as I can, which I also hope means we are both fitter and less polluting (e.g. not using the car for non-essential journeys).
Great goals! Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
Let Go and Let God!
Eventually you’ll find this is your only answer to true Peace.
It will come!
Blessings for the New Year! It will be good!
That is right, Gwen!
Great post. All the very best for 2017 to you x
Happy New Year!