Monday, December 29, 2008

Making Space For The New Year

It'll be here soon, now. The New Year. With lots of expectations and hopes attached to it. Maybe more expectations and hopes than it can handle. Perhaps there are many jaded souls who won't even give it a chance. Perhaps there are those who will simply refuse to get their hopes up. Why be disappointed?

True, there could be disappointment and unmet expectations; more of the same. On the other hand, if you don't cast your net wide for hopes and dreams, I can guarantee you'll get nothing new. You have to invest in order to achieve. So, don't be a nay-sayer. Trust. Hope. Believe. Dream. Stay open. Be ready. Expect miracles. Be courageous and let go of your fear and worry. Fear limits you and makes life small. And, the new year beckons you to live with bigger notions of your life!

There's something you must also do; something that very few talk about when it comes to the new year. Before you begin dreaming and resolving, you must clear the way. Make a space. Make room. Get rid of thinking that doesn't fit you anymore. If your life is cluttered with thoughts and ideas that wound you or keep you from living authentically, these remaining days of the old year are the best time to dump them. Out with the trash. Time to clear out your emotional closet! Time to take inventory of your thoughts. Time to let go of ideas that limit you or hold you back.

The following is, in my opinion, one of the best writings about emotional and mental clean-up. With your permission, I'll share it here. How about joining me in a couple of days of tidying up? Some emotional reorganization. Let's make room in our hearts, minds, and feelings so that we can meet 2009 with all the hope and expectations we deserve:

Let It Go...
By: T. D. Jakes

There are people who walk away from you. And, hear me when I tell you this- When people walk away from you… let them walk. I don't want you to try to talk another person into staying with you, loving you, calling you, caring about you, coming to see you, staying attached to you. I mean- hang up the phone.

When people walk away from you, let them walk. Your destiny is never tied to anybody that left. The bible said, “they came out from us that it might be made manifest that they were not for us. For had they been of us, no doubt they would have continued with us.” [1 John 2:19] People leave you because they are not joined to you. And, if they are not joined to you, you can't make them stay. Let them go. It doesn't mean that they are a bad person- it just means that their part in the story is over. You've got to know when people's part in your story is over so that you don't keep trying to raise the dead. You've got to know when it's dead.

You've got to know when it's over. Let me tell you something- I’ve got the gift of good-bye; it’s the tenth spiritual gift. I believe in good-bye. It's not that I'm hateful, it's that I'm faithful, and I know whatever God means for me to have, He'll give it to me.

And if it takes too much sweat I don't need it. Stop begging people to stay. Let them go! If you are holding on to something that doesn't belong to you and was never intended for your life, then you need to…. LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to past hurts and pains. . . LET IT GO!!!

If someone can't treat you right, love you back, and see your worth... LET IT GO!!!

If someone has angered you. . . LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to some thoughts of evil and revenge. . . LET IT GO!!!

If you are involved in a wrong relationship or addiction. . .LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to a job that no longer meets your needs or talents. . . LET IT GO!!!

If you have a bad attitude. . . LET IT GO!!!

If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better. . . LET IT GO!!!

If you're stuck in the past and God is trying to take you to a new level in Him. . . LET IT GO!!!

If you are struggling with the healing of a broken relationship . . .LET IT GO!!!

If you keep trying to help someone who won't even try to help themselves. . . LET IT GO!!!

If you're feeling depressed and stressed. . . LET IT GO!!!

If there is a particular situation that you are so used to handling yourself and God is saying "take your hands off of it," then you need to. . . LET IT GO!!!

Let the past be the past....Forget the former things that made you feel bad about yourself . . . LET IT GO!!!

God is doing a new thing for you!!! . . . LET IT GO!!!

Get Right or Get Left . . .think about it and then. . . LET IT GO!!!

I hope Jakes' words speak to you as much as they did to me. I admit, I have to remind myself regularly to let things go. It's an act of will sometimes! But, by letting go I demonstrate that I am faithful that all good things meant for me will come to me even though my timeframe and the Divine's is often quite different.

And, I know that I manifest into my life what I constantly look at, so I need to stay positive and centered. Like you, I get nervous at times and loose faith. I need to stay diligent and move back into the light when shadows hem me in. I'm looking forward to the clean up and decluttering. Join me in feeling the exhilaration of letting go of wounds and hurts. And, the incredible lightness of being when opening up space for miracles!

Namaste' Till Next Time,

1 comment:

chrisk said...

I love..Let it go. I could've REALLy used it a few years ago, and for a few before then! Hope it inspires many. I'll take pieces of it with me for now. Thank you!

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