Sunday, December 27, 2009

Celebrate the Healing and Creative Light In You!

Are you willing to bring honorable closure to 2009?
Are you ready to end the year with gratitude and blessing?
Are you up for taking full responsibility for your 2009 experiences?
Can you accept all your wins and losses, regrets and mistakes, achievements and successes?

Have you noticed when you are happy, you forget to be sad?
Have you watched how creating something good shifts your attention away from the “bad”?
Have you seen how focusing on others causes you to forget about yourself?
Have you experienced that what you think and talk about seems to reinforce and intensify it?

Life is meant to be an adventure….a celebration of being alive.
Life is a choice to explore, learn and grow or be secure, comfortable and live with what you know.
Some choose the path of caution, fear and maintaining what is known.
Some choose the path of freedom, enjoyment and  going for higher ground.

What is your life?
What do you celebrate?
How much have your learned and grown?
What have you contributed to make a better world?

As we close 2009, it is time to honor what was, respect what is and enjoy what will be.
While we cannot know the future, we can appreciate and bless the past.
While we cannot be definite about how life will turn out, we can be assured by what we do with NOW!
We are practicing daily where we put our attention and energy.

When we are looking for problems, we will find them (and create them) to make ourselves RIGHT!
When we are seeking learning and growth, we will notice that we are learning from everyone.
When we are looking forward to the adventures of life, we will be ready for whatever comes our way.
When we are here to be conscious in our living, we will experiment to see how we create and enjoy.

While life can be challenging and eventful or fun, safe and easy, we choose what to remember.
While our part can seem minescule or magnificent, we choose the value we give ourselves.
While the worldly stuff (wealth and acquisitions) can be meager or affluent, we choose its worth.
While others may honor us or ignore us, we choose how we celebrate our lives.

At the end of the year, it matters not how others judge us.
At the end of our career, it matters not how others see our achievements.
At the end of our lives, it matters not how many come to our memorial.
What matters is how we celebrate each day and the part that we played.

Let’s practice a year with no regrets.
Let’s appreciate all we learned and grew.
Let’s credit ourselves with the ways that we loved.
Let’s forgive ourselves for all forgetfulness.

Let’s celebrate a year well lived.
Let’s commit to a new year of whatever we choose.
Let’s honor ourselves with living life our own unique way.
Let’s value ourselves by treating ourselves really well.
Remember this life was given to you to live as you choose.
Respect, appreciate and bless your choices.
Loving you,  

Betty Lue

Honorable Closure       

How do you complete a relationship, a marriage, a teaching-learning experience, a job, a friendship?
How do you know you are really complete?
Often people walk away without really finishing the spiritual work, because it is easier emotionally.  
People don’t know how to come to a truly peaceful place, where “good-bye” is really “God be with You.”
When we are complete, we are at peace and in love.
We have no regrets, no resentments, no unhappy memories.

Honorable closure acknowledges:
1)   the learning and growth received,
2)   challenges and difficulties experienced,
3)   appreciation of gifts and blessings,
4)   forgiveness and amends made.
Acknowledge within your self and with the other person all that you have learned and how you have grown and benefited from the experience.

Honor and express the challenges and difficulties that occurred and perhaps were endured during the time together.
Offer your gratitude and appreciation to the other for the benefits you received.
Share your forgiveness and/or make amends for those places of unconscious or conscious errors of omission or commission.
Often neither party is aware of what went unexpressed until the two have an opportunity to talk together.
This is very valuable when done with the conscious intention for a peaceful conclusion.
And lastly,  give your full appreciation and blessings to those whom you are leaving.  

Honorable closure always includes a face to face or heart to heart connection so that all parties have a full opportunity to express their piece of the whole. Incompletion is never one sided.
 If one party loses and is in grief, neither person is at peace.
 Do your part when you part.
When we complete a relationship, job, living situation with honor for all, we are free to choose again without being haunted by the past or unconsciously repeating the same patterns.
To move on, to create anew, to be fully inspired requires honorable closure.  Begin now.
Saying good-bye can be done with love, respect and profound gratitude and inner peace.