Today is a new day and a new year — 2018. Take a moment and breathe. Think about where you came from, what you have accomplished thus far — without commentary and judgement. Realize that no matter how difficult your life gets from time to time, take a moment, or two, or three, or four to count your blessings. Everyone, no matter how pitch black their life may be at times, can find a pocket of light somewhere. Find yours and embrace it. This light is called hope.
Myths have a wonderful way of explaining things philosophically. It’s always nice to be able to blame someone or something for what happens to us — usually bad things. Take the myth of Pandora’s box for example. Pandora was blamed for all of the evils of the world because she opened the box. When she re-opened it and let out “Hope,” she gave us the tool we needed to make things better. If you want to blame someone for the bad things that happen to you, blame Pandora, but thank her for re-opening the box and giving us that of pocket of light too — hope!
Remember to thank people for the good deeds they do and the bad things they do, too — even if you only do this in your thoughts or prayers. Why? Because sometimes we need a kick in the head to evolve — change our lives; inevitably, the Creator finds the best possible way to put us where we need to be, even if we don’t think so.
My late Astrology teacher, Jan McLevitch used to say, “We are privileged to live on the planet earth — it is the Oxford of the Universe.” Imagine it if you will, that you are able to experience all sorts of things — good and bad. You can choose to grow and evolve or remain safe — temporarily. Whatever you choose, embrace whatever lesson is in front of you. Be willing to evolve and accept what life gives you. If you are blessed with smooth sailing for a while, do not take it for granted or think it will always be like this. If you are dealing with difficult situations — finances, career, relationship or medical “stuff”, embrace it — know that it is temporary as well. Learn what you can do to make your life better; share your love and support with others — make someone else’s life better while you are at it. Remember all things are temporary — good and bad. Embrace the good stuff — savor it and express gratitude. Embrace the bad stuff and find a way to deal with it as positively as possible. Be grateful for EVERYTHING that you experience. It will make a better person.
*This plaster figurine of Pandora has been a part of my life since I was a teenager. She represents my love of classics, mythology and art. However, she has always been a reminder that no matter what evil exists in the world, you can always hope for things to turn around — and to take action toward creating positive change. This is why I tell people “NEVER GIVE UP! FIND A WAY TO MAKE THINGS BETTER…AND ASK FOR HELP, IF AND WHEN, YOU NEED IT!”
Happy New Year everyone! Welcome hope into your life — now and forever. Do you have any thoughts you would like to share? Please do.