Happy New Year!–We are what we have the courage to become.

Every year New Years Day is a “Power Day” for me and Neil and one of the things I like to do, beyond reviewing goals and charting new dreams, is to come up with a personal mantra for the new year.  2010’s mantra was “Full-Circle” and it was a year that brought us many wonderful gifts but the best gift of all was the completion of a circle that started almost three years ago.

As we chart a new course for 2011, my goals are few but ambitious.  Instead of a laundry list of things I want to do, I’ve chosen to focus on a precious few and give them all I’ve got.  So as we step forward into this bright new year of possibilites with gratitude for all that has been and all that will be, I came up with a mantra to keep me anchored as I stretch myself once again on faith and faith alone: “We are what we have the courage to become.” I made it up, no one famous said it or anything.  It seems that if I’m going dare to do great things I should come up with my own mantra too.  It feels right to me, a whispered thought almost, to remind me I can step out bravely into the unknown and trust that all I need will be there.  There’s peace in that, in knowing that the biggest leap is just having the courage to jump.

So that’s mine, what’s yours?  You can use mine if you like it of course, but it’s fun to come up with your own, one that suits your goals, the endeavors of your unique path and the desires that call to you from your own heart.  I think, at the end of the day, that the thing that really matters is that you’re willing to take the leap, to jump out on faith, trusting the rest to take care of itself.  So if anyone out there is teetering on the edge of some dream, some challenge or is just tired of doing things the same old way and getting the same old results, but a long list of “what ifs” and a mountain of fear are looming in front of you and keeping you grounded, may I suggest something… turn around put your hands on your hips, stare them both in the face, laugh at ’em, kick ’em in the shins and on the count of three turn back around and take a running leap in the direction of your dreams.

Let this year be the year you find out the power and magic of faith.  Let this year be the year you unbind your wings, stretch them out, show them off a little and let the wind tickle their undersides as you soar.  None of us are meant to be grounded by fear, struggle or pain, we are all built to fly.  So, if you’re ready, one…..two…..

Below is an excerpt from Marianne Williamson’s book A Return to Love that has always been inspiring to me and I hope it will be to you as well:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”

Next time I’ll tell you about my other New Year’s trick:  Having a personal theme song :)

Until then, Happy New Year!!!


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