As everyone on the planet is doing today, I am about to offer my best wishes for a new and improved upgrade on 2015!
So was 2015 an upgrade on 2014?
For me, I really couldn’t say it was overall. Though it has had its moments of joy and defeat as every year does. The cycle of life often takes very elliptical turns and twists. We really cannot assume anything.
Yet, Hope does spring eternal and is always backed by good intentions and relevant effort for the most part. However, my challenge is always to manage that precariously fine balance of effort and expectation with gratitude and contentment.
Storm of Frankness
We just suffered a battering in the UK by Storm Frank that brought flooding and devastation to thousands of homes and livelihoods. Now, allow me to be frank as I too had my own little personal disruption. Unpleasant and yet refreshing, I now have a chance to tackle life with new vigour.
Let me admit it. I may have written a book on the subject. I may be the “Unravelling Frustration Guru” to some and I had a still deeper lesson into its cycles of intrusion coming. To me.
Yes, I still battle with this sucker.
To add context, I’ll explain that my rude awakening relates to my secret name Sought-After Dares. This identity was discovered through a defining moment upon reading Your Secret Name in 2011. You can download that story here.
Yet again, among the leftovers of Christmas, I was examining my persistent lack of breakthrough in life.
I was deeply challenged by my listening friend who actually suggested that even in my very deliberate and diligent efforts I was somewhat self-deluded.
Wham! That hurt!
(Who knows that wounds from a friend are invaluable, far more precious than kisses from an enemy?)
Why indeed do I, (and possibly you) work so hard, with so little breakthrough? In fact I encounter some disproportionate and unbelievable setbacks and U-turns. I suddenly flashed back: I was about seven years old, sent to my room as was common discipline after many childish mishaps. It broke my heart that for long hours no one came to me to resolve the situation.
No One Comes
So I realised a pattern, a glaringly obvious one.
I drive forward to a point in effort, or an investigation then I stop short of a breakthrough.
I eventually turn to prayer but do I really push in an invested way?
The implementation or follow through on my dreams and desires is tantalising. Yet despite starting with vigour, I retreat because I have learned that “no one comes”.
It isn’t that I give up easily.
That’s what makes this insight so gut wrenching.
I strain, I strive and overwork without great results because I don’t first gain that definitive “Yes” in my spirit that is so hard to reach. So I go about doing it anyway.
In those days when I was banished to my room I used to have to entertain myself. I learned to be very self-sufficient and creative with the limited resources in my room.
So now, you see, when I get no breakthrough, I am setting about entertaining myself in busyness.
For a very purpose driven character, this is quite shocking to realise. I would never want to just “fill time”. However, somewhere I lost the balance between learning and acting.
This failure to thrive is costing me dearly. And so in transparency today, without self-pity or even wanting to disclose this stuff for the sake of it I ask,
“Can you and I be real this year, share burdens, hopes and dreams, cut the niceties and ask honestly How are you doing and maybe how are you “not doing?”
Let’s think before we all send out our NYE greetings into crowded cyberspace. Before we casually wish everyone the best for 2016 with back slapping and tipsy hugs at midnight.
Be such a friend that you will say the hard stuff and stand with one another through its aftermath?
Find a true friend, an accountability partner or group, and the fun takes care of itself.
A Truthful, Authentic New Year to you and yours!
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