You are only as strong as your commitment. Partial fulfillment of assignments, tasks, ideas, and interpersonal covenants weaken you. When you offer a small percentage of your presence and a shallow portion of your power, you weaken everyone exposed to your lack of commitment.
Every person and everything to which you are committed deserve your best. Do not offer anyone or anything a remnant of your presence and power. Commit to showing up fully without distractions in all of your encounters and assignments. It is important to create realistic expectations of yourself. When you find that you are overextended, renegotiate your expectations and commitments. Perhaps you need to solidify your daily non-negotiable activities and plan accordingly. Perhaps you need to say, “No, I am not available” more often.
The qualitative difference between 2014 and years past is not reduced to an increase in the number of people who surround you or the number of ideas completed on your to-do list. The difference is in how well you treat the people surrounding you and the energy attached to the ideas that you offer.
The newness of everything wears off eventually. This reality is often set aside in favor of emotional euphoria especially when the clock strikes 11:59 pm on December 31st. We celebrate the transition of night into a new day despite the persistent darkness. Although daybreak does not greet us immediately, we rejoice.
The qualitative difference between years past and what you hope to experience in 2014 rests largely in your own hands. Do not be dismayed if certain troubles are unresolved. Remember the loud, vivid, and colorful celebratory sounds emitted at the darkest hour in Times Square and other areas around the globe at midnight on January 1, 2014. Allow the pause between a new day and a new dawn to set you in motion. A shift in timing signifies a new day not the rising of the sun. Sojourner, even if life appears a bit dark and gloomy and lacks the changes you desire, rest assured that the sun does rise…eventually!
Honor these unlived days, weeks, months, and moments. These unborn miracles are not marred by your past—this is a different year completely. The difference in this year will not happen upon us because we resolved to make changes. We must co-create the changes we want to see actualized in the world. We must choose to be different. We must, in all our ways, dare to make choices that honor humankind and all of creation. We must do the work.
A different year requires different choices, different behaviors, different approaches and perspectives. Non-negotiable commitments are necessary so that you, others, and those not yet born may come forth whole, nothing missing, and nothing broken.
As the emotional tidal wave crests and the New Year enthusiasm retreats back into the ocean of possibilities, focus Sojourner-FOCUS!
Cheers to you and the difference your commitment and discipline will make!!!
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