Today, be in peace. Take a moment to fill yourself with peace and to know the truth: it all begins with you.
Be the light that shines out for the world. Be the beacon of hope and love, joy and wonder. Be the bright glow in the life of everyone you touch this year and know that your glow ignites them and that they then ignite others. And this wondrous glow of love and joy can spread rapidly, person to person, reaching around the globe, filling hearts with love and lives with laughter. And it all begins with you.
Take a deep breath and fill yourself with love and light. See your own light glowing inside and then spreading out. And now lift yourself up, up and up, until you see that you are a star in the night sky, shining down on the world, your love and your light blessing all below.
Each moment exists for its time and then moves on into the past. And each moment that is, was the future a moment before, as time flows and your life passes, this precious life, this one life that you are living at the moment.
And so, in this flow of time and life, two things are true: one is that nothing is ever lost and you have chance after chance after chance, as this life flows into another and as you are lifted up into the great oneness in which there is no time passing, simply being. The other thing that is true at the same time is that this moment, this one right here, right now, is precious and unique, and there will never again, in this life or another to come, be another moment exactly like this one, where you and those around you are this exact manifestation of personality and body, where the sun and stars are exactly like this, where that leaf on that tree drifts down through the air in exactly this way.
Today, hold the past in your hands. Hold your two hands out in front of you and allow them to fill with the past, your past, every moment of it. All that happened and did not happen, all that was wonderful and all that simply was. Let it all fill your hands. And now, as you continue to hold your past in your hands, turn your inner vision to your heart. See how your heart is clean and clear, free of any regret or longing. Your heart is beating in this moment and this moment only.
Today would be such an excellent day for cleaning out the cobwebs of your mind, all of those old thoughts and opinions hiding in the corners that need to be brought out into the light of day and exposed for what they are: stale, dusty, and no longer of use.
There is a hunger, a longing, deep within your heart. And it has been there from the moment you were born. It is not this foolish longing for romance or money. It is not this hunger for success and recognition. It is not even a desire to be surrounded by beauty.
You are capable of true greatness. This is not a question, a wish or a hope. This is a simple fact. You are capable of true greatness.
True greatness is not something you hold up to a standard you or society have set and ask over and over, “Is this it?” True greatness is a flame inside, a truth that is you. And as you go through life, this truth can become buried. You may need to unravel the consequences of some past actions to clear a space for it. Or you may need to balance the time and effort required to carry your burdens with the time and effort required to excavate your shining wonder.
But it is there. It is real. It is true and it shines.
Your life is not something to be controlled and prodded and pushed into shape. Your life is flowing, like water. Let it flow, naturally and easily. Yes, here and there you can direct this flow; you can go down one tributary instead of another. But the power is all in the movement, in the flow, in the continuance.
It is not an easy thing to learn, to live and make your choices while you are in the middle of a flowing stream, but so it is. There are times when you wish life would stand still for just a moment while you think things through, but it is not to be. You must learn to do your thinking while you are floating downstream, to make your choices on the fly, right now, when the moment of choice is upon you.