Day 48: What You Need

By December 29, 2009Trust

I don’t know about anyone else, but 2009 was not an ‘easy’ year.  It required copious amounts of faith, patience, and surrender.  It astounds me how easy those words are to type and to say, but they are much more difficult to practice. Very little this year went according to plan. I am a firm believer in creating the life one wants, but as with all aspirations, there is a balance. Sometimes the universe has other plans, and sometimes those detours are what you need. If I had to assign one song for my 2009 it would be “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones. As many of you know the other part of the main chorus is “but if you try sometimes you might find, you get what you need.”

I make it a habit to reflect on each year before I begin another one.  What did I learn?  What were the highs and the lows?  What do I want for next year?   The old saying “hindsight is 20/20” bears truth for my 2009.  I realize now that my intuition pointed me in the right direction every single time; I just never would have predicted some of the outcomes, lessons, or rewards.

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The main reason I learned more about patience was because nothing was going ‘my way’.  The more I worried, the more I tried to control, the more exhausted I became, which ultimately prompted me to let go of all that was no longer working.  The ultimate irony is that I was using old ways to create new outcomes in my life.  Albert Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  I heard that quote for the first time this summer.

So why hang onto the old way of doing things?  When I worry, I take away my power. Worry robs joy.  Neale Donald Walsch describes joy as “life, expressing. The free flow of life energy…”  If I had 6 months to live, would I spend my days worrying or would I spend them embracing and expressing my life?  If I’m going to do this experiment well, I owe it to myself to let worry go, trusting that life will unfold, offering all that I need.

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  • Brenda says:

    Here, here, Jacqueline! Here’s to a New Now in 2010! I really appreciate your perspective. Brenda

  • Ferg says:

    I also appreciated this one, Jackie. Your note about becoming one of the group strikes a chord with me. I am ever conscious not to let the negative outlook of others impede my own optimism. Fortunately, there are plenty of people who are happy to see success/adventure in others, so one need not be a loner 🙂

  • Joey says:

    What are your primaries for 2010 ? It’s easier when u handle your secondaries…

  • christy says:

    jackie, i love this post. you spoke to everything i am trying to work on. i worry, obsess, plan and then everything changes down a path i did not expect. i want to try for the next year to let go of my plans and let myself be more flexible, but that is much easier said than done for me. yet this past year showed me time and time again, that just because i plan for something and think nonstop about my desired outcomes, there is most likely another plan for me that I just have to be open to and accept. good luck to you this coming year, and let me know if you have any advice!!!!!

  • Luca says:

    Jackie, I simply loved this one, and it went straight to the point…that’s it, taking full responsability and try to break free from the pattern we are in, blaming anything but our lack of courage to make the jump into the void, because I see it like that, jumping into an obscure new place, that you don’t know anything about, but that is the only way out.
    Thanks Jackie. This was the “sign” I needed to get confirmation I am on the right track (I mean, proceeding, not arrived yet!).
    Will share this one on Facebook. Hugs.

    PS: I received yesterday your letter! Thank you very much, I appreciated it a lot. I miss you too. And for your info, I could read cursive 🙂

  • Charlie says:

    I was told recently…

    worry is a gross misuse of creativity.

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