I greeted July 1st with excitement. I had not felt this good in months. What was the reason for the sudden shift in my mood, I asked myself. What has changed in my internal or external environment? I questioned, as I dug a little deeper. Was it a renewed connection? Was it a levelling off in my hormones? Was it the probiotics I started taking just this morning; they couldn’t possibly make a difference so fast, could they? The answer was inconclusive. But I was grateful for the sudden lift in my mood. For so long, I seemed to be operating under a cloud of melancholy. Personal challenges, (among them is being forty-something; ladies you know what I am talking about here), kept me feeling depleted and unable to focus; to the point where I had not even shown up in this space for the past two months.
Begin Again Through Journaling
Journaling is a great tool for self-discovery and beginning anew. Within the pages of your journal you can commit to a fresh start. If you don’t already practice journaling, I encourage you to try it. Don’t know how to start? Journaling prompts can be helpful. They will give you a place to begin and they encourage you to explore things about yourself that you may not have otherwise given thought to. Here is a blogpost I found on 20 Journaling Prompts for Self-Discovery
My practice has always been a bit inconsistent, but I decided to stop pressuring myself about it. I decided that I don’t have to journal every day or even every week. I journal whenever I want to explore difficult emotions, when I want to record a lesson I learned, an insight, or a particular experience I don’t want to forget. Through journaling I gain new insights into myself and my emotions. It was the act of journaling and a discovery about myself, which inspired this post.
As I wrote in my journal about my new found excitement, I realized something. I like new beginnings. July 1st marked not only the beginning of a new month, but also the beginning of the second half of the year. Maybe, that is why I was excited. The first half of the year was filled with challenges and did not go according to plan, but here is the second half of the year, and a new month; I can begin again.
Begin Again: Leave the Past Behind
A new beginning is an opportunity to start fresh; to learn from the past but leave it behind us. It is an opportunity to look towards the future with renewed strength and grace. A new beginning is laden with possibilities. Isaiah 43: 18-19 encourages us, “don’t remember what happened in earlier times. Don’t think about what happened a long time ago, because I am doing something new! Now you will grow like a new plant. Surely you know this is true.” (ERV)
Your Latter Will Be Greater
When I think of new beginnings I think of the agricultural system of ancient Israel. In Israel the rains began in October. This was considered the early rain. This is the rain that would soften the dry land after a long harsh summer, and signal to the farmers that it was time to sow their crops. Rain continued to fall during the winter months. But the later rains, which is the rain in the springtime is what ripened the crops so the farmers could reap a bountiful harvest. Spring is symbolic of new beginnings.
A new beginning is like the latter rain which ripens the crops. The experience of the past – the early rain – allowed a seed to be sown. The new beginning – the latter rain – allows you to use the experience of the past to ripen your crops, and reap a harvest. It allows you to learn from your experience, put the lesson to work in your life and come out better and stronger. It allows you to experience more joy and greatness than you even imagined, and to accomplish things you did not think you could accomplish. A new beginning allows us to reap a greater harvest – reap greater benefits, joys and experiences than we ever could, had we stayed in the past.
For more encouragement on leaving the past behind, you may enjoy my earlier post, New Everyday.
A New Beginning Courts Peace
The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former says the Lord of hosts; and in this place I will give peace.Haggai 2:9 (New American Standard Bible)
Not only does a new beginning bring greater blessings and possibilities, it brings with it peace. Peace – a deep resolve that you are going to be okay, that everything will work out fine, and you are going to accomplish that which you set out to. The conviction that the new journey will be sweeter than the previous one; despite any bumps you may meet in the road, and that you will enjoy it – peace.
If like me you have had a challenging time so far this year, or maybe you have had some difficult past experiences, I encourage you not to give up. You can begin again. As you begin again the disappointments of the past will shrink, and your latter, will be greater than your former.
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~ Namaste 🙏