According to the interweb, 92 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail.
The new year is a time to dream anyway. Today brings the opportunity to look at where we are and where we want to be and take a single step in the direction of fulfillment.
Since Thanksgiving I have run every day, part of a challenge called the 40 Days of Awesome. Some of the runs over these 40 days were memorable: the Winter Solstice race, coming home from a run with a Christmas tree, and almost getting arrested for trespassing at Arlington National Cemetery. However, must runs were less noteworthy. Simply a commitment to keep putting one foot in front of the other, whether it was sunny or raining, wearing shorts or four layers of clothing. It was nothing more than perseverance and a commitment to relentless forward progress that brought the realization of 40 Days of Awesome.
Running for 40 days is not really that significant. There are people who do much more important things. I hope I do more important things than run. But it is a reminder that all things are possible. Don’t listen to the voices that tell you most people fail or that you will fail. Every day brings the opportunity for a new beginning. Who cares how many times you have fallen short. Dream anyway.
Marianne Williamson wrote, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
For me, with 40 Days of Awesome completed I begin a new journey to run 2,018 miles in 2,018. I have never run this kind of distance before, but who cares. Why not me?
May you shine in 2,018, manifesting the glory of God in all you do and all you are. Don’t be limited by other’s darkness, let your light shine.