Friday, November 8, 2013

New Beginnings

Do you ever feel like you're in a rut and you can't get out? Something in your life that's not working for you, or is working against you? Me too, sometimes. But I've learned the only way to get out of a rut is to get out of it. Duh! And the best way to do that is to create a new beginning. Start over.

A rut involves a physical, mental or emotional situation--or all three. A marriage, a job, money, health, home, a relationship, mental worry, turmoil, anxiety, depression, anger. Whatever. And you want to be free. Sometimes you can't change a situation, but a new beginning can get you out of where you are.

When we enter the world we begin a lifetime of new experiences, and life demands that we make new beginnings along the way--sometimes to escape a hurtful situation and other times to improve on good things we already have. Either way, successful change takes clarity, motivation, action and letting go.

Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.  Ralph Blum

Clarity: First, describe your situation on paper. Then be still and quiet your mind. Ask your inner self what's really going on with you. What meaning does the situation have in your life? What is there about it that makes you want to create a new direction?

Motivation: Why do you want a change, a new beginning? Visualize what you want in place of what you have. What would that be like, physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually? Explore and "feel" the difference. Express your intention, and decide that what you want is important enough to leave what you don't want.

Action: Make a plan for change, and put it on paper. List your action steps to leave the old and create the new. Be creative. It could be as simple as changing your thought patterns.

Release the old: Visualize a large balloon sitting in front of you. Give it a color. Now visualize what you want to release from your life--situation, thoughts, emotions. Wrap what you want to release in a bundle and tell them goodbye. Then put them in the balloon, seal the balloon, and give the balloon a nudge. As you see it rising up in the air into the sky, release it with love and gratitude.

Sometimes new beginnings are difficult. You may mourn what you're releasing, and things may not turn out as you hoped. But life doesn't stand still, and the only direction worth traveling is forward. If there are bumps on the road, you deal with those as you meet them and grow with each one. Life can always be better than it is. Go for it.

I wish you a happy new day every day.


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