Looking Back at 2015

Years from now, I will look back at 2015 and the word harbinger will come to mind. Back in January, I knew I would be making changes. I wanted change, but it felt like I was trapped in a mud pit. I couldn’t make a move without sliding further downward.

This year, I’m proud of following my intuition. Throughout the past 12 months, I kept getting direct advice during meditation. Each time I acted on that advice, it was a lesson in faith. I didn’t know the end result. All I could do was follow directions and hope for the best.

Alabama sunset (Photo by Laura Axelrod)

Alabama sunset (Photo by Laura Axelrod)

It is much harder to be spontaneous in that way. Society tells us to make goals and plan ahead. Rarely are people encouraged to simply take the next step and believe. That’s what I learned in 2015. As long as I know the next right thing to do, it will work out.

By putting one foot in front of the other, I ended up having some amazing experiences. I couldn’t have predicted any of it back in January. Had I known, I would’ve been completely overwhelmed. I’m grateful I chose this path for 2015.

Sorting through my writing, organizing and filing close to 25 years of work has brought me immense amounts of peace. Throughout the summer and into the fall, I took breaks from writing to create a system that will carry me into the next few years. I had no idea I wrote as much as I did. It turns out I can account for my life through the pages in my files. It gave me a feeling of accomplishment.

Most of all, 2015 will be the year I began to come out of hiding. Wearing a cloak of invisibility is no way to live. Each person is obligated to live fully. Enjoy being you. That’s not narcissism. If you hold back, you can’t contribute to society.

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