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Bright Thoughts for the New Year

The New Year is almost upon us, which is always a time for new beginnings. Of course the real beauty of life is that every day, every moment really, offers the opportunity for a new beginning.

This month I thought I’d just share some lovely, inspiring quotes that remind us we never have to feel stuck. It’s always time to begin again.

Day by day we are born as night retires, no more possessing aught of our former life, estranged from our course of yesterday, and beginning today the life that remains. — Palladas (4th century AD)

Izumi Shikibu (976 – 1030)

in the world
is usual today.
This is
the first morning.
Come quickly — as soon as
these blossoms open, they fall.
This world exists
as a sheen of dew on flowers.
Izumi Shikibu (976 – 1030)

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. — Meister Eckhart (circa 1260 – 1328)

The hour is not past. Why will you put off your resolution? Arise, begin this very moment, and say, “Now is the time to do. Now is the time to fight. Now is the proper time for amendment.” — Thomas a Kempis (circa 1379 – 1471)

Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809)

We have it in our power to begin the world over again. — Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809)

And finally, here’s another beautiful reminder from OneJourney founder Guy Finley:

Guy Finley (1949)

Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over. Nothing. — Guy Finley (1949)

For more insight, here’s a brief article by Guy that is excerpted from his best-selling classic book, The Secret of Letting Go. Take a few minutes to read it and see if it doesn’t fill you with new enthusiasm about the possibilities of your life:

Use This Light to Help You Make a New Beginning in Life

Starting life over again is the key to a new you. Never mind all of those thoughts and feelings that may be telling you this is impossible — those inner whisperings that either deny the need for this self-newness or that scoff at its possibility. Brush them away with the following helpful insight: self-defeat in the past does not prove that self-victory doesn’t exist. Defeat of any kind in life shows only that you have approached the challenge incorrectly. The only thing a thousand failed attempts to start your life over prove is that you just started in the wrong place a thousand times.

The fact is, a new life does exist. You need only to start looking in the right place. If you are standing over a buried treasure, all you have to do is dig until you find it. If you aren’t in the right place, it doesn’t matter how hard or how deep you dig, you will come up with nothing except your conviction that there is no treasure. This is where truth teachings become so valuable for us. Their unwavering insight into our current level of understanding does two things at once for us, provided we are willing. First, by their light we start to see how we have been trying to succeed with methods that must fail, like calling on anxious thoughts to help calm fearful emotions. Second, at the same moment of realizing how we have been misled, we are released — without effort–from that unconscious relationship. We can be fooled no more, which means we are that much nearer to making a true new beginning in our lives. (Excerpted from Guy Finley’s bestselling book, The Secret of Letting Go)

Enjoy this holiday season and may the New Year be filled with the wonder of endless possibilities and new beginnings.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ellen Dickstein
The OneJourney Project

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