2020 has been a year of unimaginable change. Overnight our global reality was turned on its ear. Think of it, no one on this planet has been untouched by the changes this year. And as we all know, much of it has not been pretty.
Facing a new year is daunting when we feel SO let down by the year 2020. How many will ring in 2021 with joyous expectation, with a feeling that they are empowered to take on fresh challenges and build something new? The narrative in the news is constantly one of illness, fear, and disempowerment. We are being told we are weak. No, we are not! We are only we weak if we believe it to be so.
2020 presented us with scenarios that greatly challenge our mental comfort level. Question is, in 2021 will we rise to the occasion and proactively deal with the challenges that have been thrust upon us? Or, will we complacently sit back and wait for change to “happen to us”?
There is a New Year’s cartoon circulating right now. Picture a crowd of people in a hallway, peering nervously around the corner and down the next hall at a door signed 2021. The door is slightly ajar, and the leader is prodding the door open with a long pole to see what’s behind it before anyone proceeds.
No, no, no! Have we allowed 2020 to crush our spirits so badly that we hang back in fear? There is nothing behind that mysterious door that can defeat us, unless we let it be so. Let us walk through the door courageously, confidently, resolutely. With this attitude, we can create the change we want in the world and live our lives accordingly. Let us make a pledge to ourselves for 2021, to live life consciously, creatively, and intentionally towards that goal.
For more on confronting change, here’s an inspiring article from Lifehack about why it’s actually good for us:
How the chaos in your life builds character
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” ~ Helen Keller
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” ~ Paulo Coelho
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
© Susan L Hart 2020 | Friendly comments welcome | Photo courtesy Suliman Sallehi, Pexels
I think it is about embracing the new, accepting our own mortality, and then from that platform striving for change. Fear is minimised and clarity of reason can be found. This comes from personal experience as I learnt to embrace chronic illness this way.
Personally, after having studied chaos theory at uni, I think that it can cause too many knee jerk reactions that dont necessarily effect positive change. Just change.
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Dear Storyteller, great insight! Thank you for sharing. 🙂