Written by Erin Pfahler
“... character -- the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life -- is the source from which self-respect springs.”
Joan Didion, On Self Respect
I have grown to love the sentiment of the New Year.
In my adolescence I was fervently against what I considered the absurdity of the Gregorian calendar, and celebrating a day as seemingly arbitrary as January 1 as any sort of New Year's Day --
Luckily, I am continually learning to shed my attachment to fighting battles that are of little importance, in the grand scheme.
I would rather welcome in this acknowledgement of New Beginnings, and allow the day and the sentiments surrounding it to remind us of something meaningful and useful.
Each day is a new day.
Each moment is another opportunity.
With every single breath, we are blessed with a chance to Begin Again. To find our way back to ourselves and the intentions we bring to our lives.
As I embark upon my 33rd revolution around our sacred Sun, I am overwhelmed by the many feelings that accompany me at the beginning of another journey. 33 years feels like a long time as I weigh it in my human mind -- then again, I feel, for the most part, in better physical health than I can ever recall feeling, and although I am blessed to have experienced some incredible things in my time on this planet, I certainly don't feel very wise or particularly accomplished. As I assess the reality of this miraculous existence, and that 33 years is, really, not very much time at all, it seems perfectly understandable that, to quote one of my favorite songs by Railroad Earth, "I still got a long way to go"...
That said, I have been meaning, for quite some time, to sit down and provide my loved ones with an update on what I've been up to over these past adventurous 12 months, and just where it is I am headed. I'm not sure I have answers, but I'll try....
We are alive at a time of great change; a time of great struggle, and immense opportunity. Humanity is faced with many challenges, and we possess within ourselves and within our communities unfathomable abilities suited to steward in a time of tremendous happiness, health and harmony for all of life.
Molly Jo Stanley
Educating for Mindfulness and Sustainability