[Note: please forgive our video quality in this week’s YouTube posting. Hopefully this is corrected by next week.]
YouTube: New Beginnings
Audio: New Beginnings
Life unfolds in cycles. If you observe these cycles closely you will see that there are times when things seem to be falling apart and other times when they are falling in place. We’re often confronted with this classical question: Is the cup half full or is it half empty?
This question points to a very important idea that we all need to keep in mind. Your answer is determined, not by the condition of the cup, but by how you are feeling at the moment you are viewing it. If you are optimistic and full of expectation, the cup will be half full. If you are feeling weak and vulnerable, beat by circumstances, the cup will appear to be half empty.
Many spiritual teachers have, as a standard principle, adopted the concept, life is consciousness. The condition of the cup need not determine how you feel. Determine how you feel and the condition of the cup will take care of itself.
Have you noticed during one of your low moments, how easily an encouraging word or phrase from a book or a bible verse can suddenly inspire you to a new way of seeing? A cup that looked half empty moments before now suddenly becomes half full … and filling. Do not get discouraged in your emotionally low moments! Refuse to set your course by these brief seasons of low visioning. Always remember that in the “twinkling of an eye” everything can change because you allow yourself to change the way you see.
Each new moment is a potential new beginning. It does not matter how negative you have been even one moment ago. You can start now to set a new energy in motion. Create a positive, encouraging affirmation and begin saying it, grasping the joy and emotional expectation that lays the groundwork for your success. Refuse to be the victim of circumstance or personality. In those moments when you slip back into the half-empty mode, remember that life is dynamic, that there is every reason to hold to even the tiniest glimmer of hope, declaring that the good you desire is now coming forth.
We stand at the threshold of a new year. See it as not only half full, but brimming with possibilities of unimagined opportunity!
2 thoughts on “New Beginning”
You have done your best to give people the most practical advice for beginning a new year, Doug. No saccharine platitudes or “Cheer up” sayings. They don’t help much when the world is in its current state of unpredictability and turmoil. It is the life I chose, after all, and I am responsible for how I feel about it. I think I can do better than I did last year, but I plan to worry about it less. Happier New Year, Doug!
Yes, the focus is flawed. Not sure why, but we’ll get it corrected for next week.