Opportunities Surround Us - If We're Paying Attention
New beginnings appear in the most obvious places
At some point in your life, you’ve probably heard someone utter the phrase ‘now you can make a fresh start.’
The words always catch my attention, providing a momentary pause of excitement and possibility. What is it about this simple suggestion that sparks the imagination?
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Frankly, I think on most days the majority of us would eagerly welcome the idea of making a clean, fresh start.
Imagine cutting the tangled cord with all the problems, worries, and baggage preventing you from moving forward and living the kind of life you really want.
For example, maybe you’ve been thinking about quitting a boring, monotonous job or considering the risk of leaving a toxic work environment and starting a new career. But you’re afraid to take the chance, because the financial security of having a steady income keeps you in virtual handcuffs.
You could be thinking about ending a stale, exhausting relationship. Yet you stay with it, believing you’re better off having someone around to pick up take-out food for dinner and keep the bed warm at night.
And while you’re holding out high hopes the situation will get better on its own, I feel it’s important to mention that someday, you may be the surprised recipient of an abrupt departure from that “good enough” partner. And you could find yourself hearing those “fresh start” words of encouragement start filtering in from those attempting to offer comfort.
Maybe you’re tossing around the idea of moving to a new city or state, throwing caution to the wind and finally giving yourself permission to replace mind-numbing repetition and apathy with the possibility of soon-to-be fulfilled dreams.
If you only had a way out …
Don’t we all, deep in our hearts, wish for a new beginning at some point in our lives?
The truth is, I think many of us believe — without a doubt — if we only had the chance to start fresh, we’d do it right or better than before.
In our mental meanderings, the thought always seems to make sense — the idea that it may be time to finally turn the page and allow whatever life has to offer to come through the door.
But for many people, the opportunities to begin again aren’t always so obvious or clearly defined. Unfortunately, those forever-lost chances are typically tucked into the shadows of a too-cautious mind, becoming an excuse that pushes possibility to some unknown day or time in the future. Because they were unwilling to face their fears — or commit to changing their life.
I began to wonder if there was some strategy that would actually allow for a more flexible mindset — one that strengthened our confidence, encouraging us to recognize we could actually begin anew.
And it started me thinking …
Throughout the year, there are natural occurrences that may just fit the bill. What if we decided to adopt an attitude of purpose and intent, and align our potential fresh starts with the symbolism of a “new moon?”
In an article on Space.com, the phases of the moon are explained like this:
“The moon, like Earth, is a sphere, and it is always half-illuminated by the sun. As the moon travels around Earth, we see more or less of the illuminated half. The moon’s phases describe how much of the moon’s disk is illuminated from our perspective.”
In layman’s terms, a new moon is the visual absence of the moon in the sky when it’s positioned between the earth and the sun. The side of the moon facing toward us receives no direct sunlight; it is visible only by dim sunlight reflected from Earth.
Could a new moon be what it takes to inspire the soul and imagination to consider a double dose of possibility?
The New Moons of Summer in 2022 occur on July 28, August 27, and September 25.
This interesting concept begs the question: What meaning could this have for you?
Personally, I’ve decided it’s time to strip off the filmy layer clouding my vision — the one that’s been holding my heart and soul prisoner for so long.
This year, I’m getting serious about new starts by taking a journey or two into uncharted territory.
Whatever happens, I know that, in the end, the unexamined life usually writes its meager story on a piece of granite in plain and simple terms — stating only the facts of existence rather than the joy of discovery.
In health & happiness,
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