I’ve been thinking a lot about the New year and what it means.
All a new year really means is that the earth has completed another journey around the sun. It really is as simple and uncomplicated as that! January 1st 2015 was just another day. It has no meaning or power except the meaning we choose to give it.
For most people, we celebrate New Years Eve in the generic way of counting down the clock, awaiting that moment for the world to reset and all of our past worries and problems to magically disappear into that special place called ‘Last year’ Yet if you are living your life right, you don’t need one night of the year to have an awesome time with people you love, because you’re doing that through the year anyway. And those awesome nights happen the way real life does—in a natural, unforced, unplanned way. All you have to do is give life ‘time’ to unfold.
A wonderful man called Einstein once said “the distinction between past, present, and future is only an illusion, however persistent.”
Perhaps time is like that. Someday, if we ever fully grasp the laws of physics, we may discover that the notion of time isn’t actually that important. Time might instead turn out to play a much less important role in our world experience, or maybe even turn out to be non existent in the final Theory of Everything. What a crazy theory! No time!
But that is exactly what all of this is. Its all theory! Most things in life are. Everything in your life is theory until put into practise.
But Us, those here this evening are lucky. Because we are spiritually awakened beings, We know that the universe simply is. Life simply is. And we simply are. We understand without truly understanding, that there is a plan for each of us. One that our spirit, soul, the universe itself already decided upon, drew up and concluded, All we have to do is CHOOSE to live.
A piece I love from The Afterlife of Billy Fingers By Annie Kagan is the Saga of the Oyster and the Pearl.
‘When I first said, “the world is your oyster,” it sounded pretty good, right? Like all these gorgeous pearls would just be coming your way and you’d be living on so-called easy street. But the saga of the oyster and the pearl is more complicated than it first appears. The pearl only happens when sand gets inside an oyster and irritates it. The world is my oyster? Full of irritation? What kind of blessing is that? Yes, I know, the irritation doesn’t feel good, but without it there would be no pearl. Don’t focus too much on the irritation . Try to relax about the sand. If you deal with the sand creatively, you’ll have a gorgeous treasure. To be a pearl maker, your oyster needs a good strong shell to protect you from a hundred million irritants in your environment. Your shell helps you tell one grain of sand from the other. You know which one can become a pearl and which one isn’t worth the irritation.’
I said when I began speaking, That the New Year has no meaning or power except for the meaning we choose to give it. The resetting of the clock does not magically wash away all those irritants, it doesn’t suddenly give you a pile of pearls and you start the year sitting pretty. The struggles from last year will still be there, But with the strength brought through from the lessons learned, you can and will learn to let go of feeling every irritation, you will relax about the troubles past and you will end up with a beautiful treasure of just being.
Time is irrelevant. The turning of the clock is not needed. The only importance is WHAT you measure-
time lost? problems unsolved?
Or love, happiness and the bigger picture.
So if you have set yourselves Resolutions. Break them! Set yourself something that cannot be measured by anything other than a smile. Just choose to live, Put your theories into practise, learn a new skill youve been interested in. and always remember to take the rough with the smooth as you never know how many pearls you may end up with.