Reflections as we begin 2021!

Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

2020 was a challenge, globally and individually. There was a lot of loss, mourning jobs, lives, and the way things used to be. I have been contemplating on 2020 a lot these past few weeks trying to understand what the year brought for me.

So many lessons and blessings.

I learned I crave connection and I am so thankful I can connect with loved ones in many different ways. I realized how healing nature is for me and how connected we are to the planet and each other.

What did 2020 bring you? What do you want 2021 to bring? I think it is important to look back and forward but not to get stuck in the past or anxious about the future. What about this present moment?

Can we embrace all the emotions that we feel and think as humans? And see our imperfections not as flaws but teachers?

Can we love ourselves deeply for who we are and see that same love in others; especially people who believe differently than us? We are all learning in this classroom called Earth. We will all make mistakes and we all will laugh and cry.

Can we take responsibility for our choices and actions instead of blaming others?

I have been wanting to share the “right” words to help heal the collective suffering of 2020 but what is coming to me is to ask ourselves these questions above and below. Let go and let God!

What life do you want to lead? One from love or fear?

How do you serve life? One of the reasons we are here is to give and receive love. How can we do that?

Is your home a place or an idea? What does your heart need?

So many questions and I don’t know all of the answers.

I do know we need time to reflect, to go inward, to contemplate, meditate, and pray. Listen to the inner guidance that will help lead you back.

Poetry helps me process things and wanted to share a poem by John O’Donohue with you:

For a New Beginning
by John O’Donohue

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

Thank you God for this life and thank you all for doing the best you can!

Love you!

Anna

4 thoughts on “Reflections as we begin 2021!

  1. This is great Anna! I can see the threads of beliefs and ideas that has been so beautifully integrated into our family from the generations before us. It is reassuring to know that as a collective tribe we can pass on what has been so freely given to us. I appreciate you and love you and I pray that for 2021, it brings you everything you can see and feel coming for you amd Ian. Many Blessings, Jess

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    1. Thanks Jess for reading and sharing your lovely thoughts. I am so grateful to for our family and the ones who have come before us! Always learning and loving in life! I love and appreciate you too and hope the same for you and Mike in 2021!

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  2. Hi Anna,I’m floundering a bit right now. I feel like I’m hiding in a cocoon of inertia. Thanks for the lovely, helpful poem.Love,Roberta

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    1. Hi Roberta, I know it’s tough right now, we can get through this! I know that feeling of hiding too. We do need to recharge sometimes but just make sure it’s not holding you down from your hopes and aspirations. Even though I know it is challenging still to hope and plan but for me being present with the emotions and right here right now is helping to keep moving forward. Glad you liked the poem, I loved his book I read over the holidays. Love you!

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