While walking along my peaceful rural road I noticed a large grey mass of clouds overhead. Surrounding it were pockets of blue sky, some areas of pink and some of billowing white. It was beautiful. And it struck me that if there weren't differences with their contrasting colour and texture they might not be so stunning.
And so it is with people. Our differences create the intriguing background of our lives. Just as the houses lining the streets of St. John's, Newfoundland or Tobermory, Scotland are delightful to view because they are painted different colours, so are we more interesting because we are, for the most part, different.
I love this lesson from the universe. Hang out with people who are different to see the beauty you create when you are in community.
It's the time of year when people are reflecting on 2019 and creating visions for 2020. There are so many ways to start fresh or begin again. What if the only thing you did is to have one very honest conversation with yourself? Would it be about your contribution to the struggling world around you or the battles within? Would it be about your successes or failures? Would it be about how you make a difference or what you do to get in the way of using your gifts?
What have you been in denial over, avoided facing, tried to forget, longed to say out loud, silently believed? What truth has circled around the edges of your life waiting for the moment you pause to listen? What honest conversation would change your life and bring light to the shadows of your heart and mind?
And can you do this with deep love and compassion for yourself so that whatever is said lifts your spirits with joy and possibility?
Just have that conversation now; telling the truth in words written or spoken in front of a mirror looking into your own eyes. And then be brave enough to share this honest conversation in the safety of a solid friend or compassionate witness who will stand with you through the curves your life might take from knowing this now.
The year is coming to a close and even in our busyness there are prompts to remember the successes and challenges of the past twelve months.
"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." Meister Eckhart