It’s December– and it’s been quite a year hasn’t it? In only a few short weeks– we’ll all witness and participate in the end of this year and the beginning of a new year.
Endings and beginnings, opportunities and challenges always trigger periods of profound reflection and soul searching. Did the year work out the way you’d hoped or planned? Did you grow and progress in all the ways you’d foreseen on January 1st of this year?
2016 has been a turbulent year, bringing about unforeseen, and in some cases, unthinkable changes; 2017 promises more of the same. We must all remember that each of us is capable of doing potentially mysterious, empowering deeds and of displaying courage, integrity and heart so vital and vibrant to the continuation of all that we hold dear.
As you take a look back at yourself and your 2016 journey, how will you take what you’ve experienced and learned and use it to help make the coming year, 2017, the best year ever for yourself, your community and your world?
Your message this month is in the form of a quote or affirmation. It’s a key that will help you use your experience of 2016 to reflect on your perspective of yourself, your goals, your commitment and your willingness to ‘show up’ and actively stand for what you believe in.
For all of us:
“I love you, my sister and brother, whoever you are– whether you worship in your church, kneel in your temple or pray in your mosque. You and I are all children of one faith, for the diverse paths of religion are fingers of the loving hand of one Supreme Being, a hand extended to all, offering completeness of spirit to all, eager to receive all.” Khalil Gibran
“There are people put on this earth who make laws designed to break the spirits of others.
There are those put here who have their spirits broken by the people who make those laws.
Then there are those who are here to make the laws that break the people who break the spirits of others.
I am one of those people.” Steve Toltz
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
THE EMPEROR (March 21 – April 20) “The greater danger lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” Michelangelo
THE EMPRESS (April 21 – May 20) “I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do something I can do.” Helen Keller
THE LOVERS (May 21 – June 20) “The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort, but where they stands at times of challenge and controversy” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
THE CHARIOT (June 21 – July 20) “Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without.” William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
THE SUN (July 21 – August 22) “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on– it is going on when you don’t have strength.” Napoléon Bonaparte
THE HERMIT (August 23 – September 22) “Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.” Orison Swett Marden
JUSTICE (September 23 – October 22 “Intolerance is the most socially acceptable form of egotism, for it permits us to assume superiority without personal boasting.” Sydney J. Harris
THE MAGICIAN (October 23 – November 21) “The secret of happiness is freedom; the secret of freedom is courage.” Carrie Jones
THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE (November 22 – December 21) “We can all choose daily to wallow in negativity or to reject negativity for a richer life.” Anonymous
THE WORLD (December 22 – January 19) “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” Theodore Roosevelt
THE STAR (January 20 – February 19) “Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” C. JoyBell C.
THE MOON (February 20 – March 20) “Hope is a state of mind independent of the state of the world. If your heart’s full of hope, you can be persistent when you can’t be optimistic.” William Sloane Coffin, Jr.