In the blink of an eye another year has come and is just about to go around the bend and into the annals of “history.”
I wish each and every one of our wonderful UB Ministers the highest and the best now and into this New Year so full of potential and brilliant opportunity.
For me, I won’t be making traditional resolutions this year. Instead I plan on “waking up to myself.” I am rekindling all those long-cherished hopes, wishes and dreams that I plan to quietly and diligently tend to each day of this New Year. It’s an ambitious plan I’m putting forth: to do less and to be more.
As I work at becoming the author of my own life, retraining my brain and digging deep in search of the truly radiant being that I am, I will be quiet more often. I’ll rely on a short but potent daily meditation practice to co-ordinate the proposed (and longed-for) shift in my mind/brain/body/consciousness. And I’ll be expecting good results; after all, I’ll have 365 days in which to perfect the experiment!
I’ll be dropping my guard more often as I laugh out loud at life, at the antics of other people and most importantly, I’ll laugh at myself with sweetness and good humor.
And even more importantly, I’ll be taking kindness with me wherever I go and remembering that we’re all doing the best we can. I’ll memorize once again this “Just Like Me” exercise:
Just Like Me
“Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for themselves.
Just like me, this person is trying to avoid suffering in their life.
Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness and despair.
Just like me, this person is seeking to fulfill their needs.
Just like me, this person is learning about life.”
This ancient Sufi exercise levels the playing field and reminds me that we are all children of God, and we all deserve sweetness, compassion and understanding.
May that sweetness and compassion be woven into the fabric of every day of this New Year for you and those you love. May you experience the joy of accomplishment and the warm tenderness of genuine affection.
As a Universal Brotherhood Minister you are embraced and cherished for the part you’ve chosen to play on the world stage as a representative of such good intentions. You are never alone and are always considered “family” to our Founders, Rick and Jeni Prigmore, to our Executive Director, Robin Morini, to our Corporate Board and to me. May your Light shine brighter than ever before, with a sense of renewed purpose and clarity in the coming New Year of 2017.
Blessings to you and to all those you hold dear,
Rev. Rosemary Cathcart