Successful living must necessarily be about getting our relationships right. This is about relating well with self, others, and ultimately, God (i.e. in time with the world, universe etc).
As the Facilitator of your life you need to wonder mentally what it is that ensures others are treated appropriately. How are they heard? How well are they catered for?
How well we relate with the others around us very much dictates how we relate with ourselves; whether we’re at peace or tormented and torn in conflict. Ultimately our tripartite relationships (self/others/God) are all mutually interdependent. They cannot be separated and are inextricably manifested in a way we cannot avoid in life.
So, what do we draw upon at year’s end as a catapult for New Year?
It’s got to be about the other person, excluding the self, so long as the self is propped up cogently by an all-graceful, all-sufficient God. We see in this a relationship with God who provides our needs, so we are able to spend more of ourselves on others.
This takes courage to do. Being abundantly tolerant, internally-calm, and exercising empathy for others, in authenticity, all require personal courage.
2009 was the Year of the Relationship. 2010 is no different. It’s more of the same. 2011 will be no different. The better our relationships function, and the more people feel “heard” by us, the more we attract peace for ourselves. We do this and God fills us. Not others; for they can’t.
The New Year’s Resolution is this: be there for others; once you’ve allowed God to be there for you. Be there for others: individuals and groups. With each person and each group important, the bearing of awareness becomes us. Awareness unto difference-making action.
And the M.O. toward our target is simple. We facilitate. We make things easier. We reduce the burden on others wherever we can.
© 2009 S. J. Wickham.