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Profound Life Lessons from 2014December 31, 2014
As we move into the New Year, I can't help but contemplate the many and varied challenges that appeared on the scene on a very regular basis during 2014 ... just like clockwork for my husband and myself. It was one of the most challenging years we've ever experienced, individually and as a couple. There were a lot of shifting tides, a kind of sifting and sorting, clearing and cleaning of energies as they morphed from the old into something new and different. Often the universe will support an alternate route at some crucial point on our passage through life for our own good. This past year it seemed as if the universe was not merely suggesting, but rather insisting. And when we are on the verge of heading into new territory, so to speak, there can be a whole of shaking going on in our world!
The great news is, we're still standing and ready to move forward into 2015, stronger than ever with a renewed sense of trust that life is unfolding as it needs to for our growth and our greatest expectations, visions and dreams.
It all began last January with a trip to the emergency room. I took my husband in for something mysterious and disturbing that came on quite suddenly. Thankfully it turned out to be far less serious than it appeared to be at first, followed by a speedy recovery. Each month that followed we were met with more and more unexpected events and challenges from further health issues for each of us (surgery, recovery time, tests, biopsies and more healing) to several issues with our home ... two water leaks, plus mold, in the walls that occurred back to back which resulted in repair and reconstruction in our house from the end of July to the beginning of December. We also endured a break in of our home during fumigation, two rounds of pantry moth infestations plus a few more unsettling incidents within our condo community that left me unnerved and rather mystified. There's even more than I've mentioned here, but it's enough to give you a sense of the unusual events that came rolling in like waves on the beach ... relentless, consistent and almost predictable.
However, after a bit of contemplation and reflection upon everything that's happened this past year, I've come to a deeper awareness of what it all means for me. My husband has come to his own understanding and conclusion of our eventful year. We each had a part to play in the story which unraveled in 2014. We learned from our own unique perspectives why each experience became part of our individual journeys along with many incidents that were interwoven between us.
I discovered that despite the fact that most of the events were challenging, often stressful, uncomfortable or even unwelcome, I was able to deal with them. I got through them! And I noticed that I was really more adept at handling it all - even better than I might have imagined as I look back over the entire year. It was actually a period of insightful realization for me. Just because life throws you a curve ball (or 2 or 3 or more), maybe you encounter a few speed bumps or even a seemingly massive roadblock along the way, that doesn't mean that you're off track or out of alignment with your life plan. That curve ball can, however, come along to wake you up to something that needs your undivided attention if it pushes your button, triggers you in a profound way and completely derails your sense of peace and well-being.
During the course of the previous 12 months I did have a couple of experiences among the many that rattled my cage and left me feeling quite uncomfortable, even a bit threatened. Bottom line, I did not feel safe. Remember I mentioned there were a few disturbing occurrences in our condo community? Those appeared for me so that I could take a look at why they generated the state of mind of not feeling protected or safe. And when they presented themselves, I did the work of pinpointing the root of the issue to its core where I'd taken on the belief that in certain situations I am not safe. Next I thanked the events for showing up as glaring billboards for me to view and consider. They offered me the opportunity to understand what and why this happened. I was finally ready to let go of these deep-rooted and now unwanted beliefs. And they always need to be released with love and gratitude. If not, they will stick with you until you can, because if you do not set them free in a loving way, then you are still a match to the vibration that has held them in place in your space for so long.
This past year has provided me with yet another level of understanding, that although we cannot control the circumstances that surround us, we always have the choice as to how we respond to whatever comes our way. And it's the response or the reaction, which lets us know if we need to do a bit of excavating. If we feel uncomfortable, distressed or unsettled, that is a sign that you perhaps are holding onto something within which is just waiting to be discovered and set free on your way to releasing more of what is not serving you. It would not show up if you were not ready to face it, deal with it and be done with it - for good. Whoopee!
I have also developed a deeper and more complete appreciation of trust, faith and surrender to what is. A trust that the universe is always bringing to me exactly what I need on my path of growth and expansion in the grand adventure of life. It's what I signed up for, even if it doesn't always feel like it. It is in those moments that we are often confronted with opportunities to cultivate and develop our grandest potential and highest expression of who we came here to be.
All the difficult, exasperating and painful experiences that come along during your time on this earth are life's way of urging you to release the past, heal your wounds and make yourself whole. These experiences are how you shape and develop your determination, courage and the resolve to help you continue on during the hard times. Our most profound life lessons are often found in the greatest challenges that we confront ... and this I know for sure from all that has happened in the past year!
I wish for each of you many blessings filled with peace, hope, love and much JOY as we close the door on 2014 and dream of adventures and surely more profound life lessons to come as we welcome in the New Year ... Happy 2015!
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Quotes to Ponder
Don't postpone JOY until you have learned all of your lessons. JOY is your lesson.
The Universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson.
~Orison Swett Marden
The one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention.
You know that you've healed an issue when you can talk about it and you're not weeping, when you can speak to it and identify the lesson.
Sending out a massive and heartfelt hug of THANKS to each of you reading this for being part of my life!
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Our most profound life lessons are often found in the greatest challenges that we face!
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