Goodnight Moon

There’s a wonderful children’s story GOODNIGHT MOON where a young rabbit wishes good night to everything in sight and I’ve always thought of the poem as a way of blessing everything around you. So, for the new year, I’ve been following the young rabbit’s advice and considering all that I’m grateful for and blessing it all as a way to say goodbye to another year.

Starting tomorrow, we have over a 525,600 minutes to create our own history, so remember what Dr. Martin Luther King said:

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

And while it’s wonderful to set new year’s resolutions, would it not be more powerful to just bless the past and let it go, so that we can make a fresh start and strive to reach our best potential (whatever it turns out to be) instead?

So, when the clock strikes midnight, remember that you have over a ½ million minutes of possibilities in the new year and consider this from Marianne Williamson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

This post was originally published in December 2010.

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