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Celebrate Your Resiliency
by Rev. Cheryl Jewett


Celebrate LIFE. "Sure," my friend grumbled. "Easier said than done." She then questioned how she might celebrate life when the world, as she knows it, seems to be falling apart around her. Becoming aware of, then acknowledging impermanence as the only true reality certainly has the potential to make celebrating life more palatable. Truly, change is the norm rather than an anomaly. Having said that, the issue then becomes processing the change.  

Human Resiliency 101. Maybe, it's time to consider this concept more seriously. We humans are absolutely amazing creatures. We fall down repeatedly and yet we continue to climb back on board with life. Whether it's a failed attempt at walking as a toddler, a failed grade in school, a failed relationship, a failed career plan, or a failed self-love; hope springs eternal. But, failure is never really failing at anything; it's simply eliminating ways that do not work. And, a call to put on ye old thinking cap again, and brainstorm other means to find the goal we have set for ourselves. There are, however, life changes which we have absolutely no control over, and no choice about.    

The seasons come, the seasons go. The sun rises, the sun sets. We grow, we learn, we move on through the different ages and stages - baby, toddler, child, adolescent, young adult, middle-aged, senior citizen. But, let a change tap into our emotional base, and all havoc can break loose. The family reunion picnic is planned, and it is raining like Niagara Falls. Some changes seem almost much too difficult to process. What to do?    

Celebrate new beginnings? Celebrate change? How ridiculous, we decide. Yet isn't that what life is all about? Just as the Christ-child's birth signifies a new beginning, so too, does every new day, each new situation, offer that gift - the promise of a fresh start. As Edgar Cayce once said, "There is always a way to begin." And quite often, that way begins with trust - trust of Self, of others, of the Universal Higher Power, and of the process itself.  

Greet each new day with disciplined excitement, purposeful play, a zeal for life. None of yesterday's regrets. Not a single doubt or fear attributed to tomorrow. Just right here. Right now. Enjoy each moment as it presents itself, either as an opportunity to grow or a challenge to your rigid thinking. Transform your thoughts, and you miraculously change your life. Not one time forever and ever, but over and over again, you must remind yourself to seek the light. Even the most gifted gurus use prayers and affirmations daily to stay on their chosen God-track.  

Upon awakening to your new perspective of life being what it is this very moment, try feeling joyous and grateful for what is to come as you release any control of the outcome. I believe it's called surrender to the unfolding of life as it is, in the nowness of the moment.  

Always, always seek options to what is. Alternatives, other choices are always available; we just need to open our mind and heart to them. Surrender is the ultimate celebration. You feel the rhythm of the earth, and dance to life's music. Exciting surrender. A colorful autumn leaf lazily drifting to the ground. A lily pad waltzing with each ripple of the water. The cottonwood fluff wafting idly on the breeze. I imagine the sun being the flame on my birthday candle. Be as the wax on that candle, surrendering to the flame. Feel the tension melting away. Merge with the wick and the candle holder, knowing all is one. Affirm, "I am bathed in healing light. Life unfolds perfectly for all of us."  

Celebrate life, my friend. Celebrate your capacity for change. No matter what happens, know you can handle it. Celebrate the precious resiliency of the human spirit that allows you to be as flexible as a weeping willow tree, yet as strong as the mighty oak tree.

Having Multiple Sclerosis for years, plus the untimely death of her youngest son a few years ago, forced Cheryl to re-invent her thought processes. As a metaphysical minister, Cheryl seeks to inspire healing, so she developed a website dedicated to those who are grieving.

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