Annie's Corner - February 2021
Annie Nelson is a new ministerial student with ADL and a hypnotherapist in North Carolina. Every month she writes a column for her neighborhood paper and February's concept was on hope. We thought it might also be a good sentiment to share with the ADL community. Welcome, Annie and thank you.
Annie’s Corner (February 2021)
Hello Neighbor! I hope you are in good health, optimistic about the year ahead, and are enjoying our winter season.
The New Year always finds me doing some soul searching; thinking about how best to recover after experiencing the challenges of the past year (especially 2020). Asking myself “Am I still hovering over past wounds, or can I find a new flight path to pilot me successfully through this new year?” A path created from the wisdom and understanding gained from the release of uncertainty, disappointments and distractions. In contemplation, I realized that every detour that I’ve taken was a growth opportunity that ensured I was ready to handle what I had set into motion. As a life coach, I know “what I think I create, what I feel I attract, and what I imagine, I become.” So with all that in mind I started to feel brighter about the New Year and made the decision to make “HOPE” my watchword for 2021.
So, as we begin our personal journey into a new year, I challenge you to establish your own watchword for 2021. A word or mantra that helps create a pathway to more happiness and joy in your life and the world at large. Maybe reflect on how uncertainty impacts your life choices and plans for living forward; and use these insights to create a positive way of thinking, being, acting, if need be, for this new year.
For me, in the process of destabilizing the past year, I asked the question “For what reason would I hold any negative thoughts” and the only answer I found was “to recognize resilience in action.” That indeed was the answer as I reflected on the past and the changes that have occurred. My emotional state and well-being have always been dependent on my ability to recognize what no longer serves me and to learn from the experience and let it go, for only then am I able to refocus my efforts and be reasonable in my judgements. Simply said, yet complex in the doing, but with “HOPE” I’m ready and willing.
Thank you for allowing me to voice my thinking process to figuring out my watchword (HOPE) of which I will strive to maintain throughout the year.
Remember in all things you have a choice.
I wish you well and look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood.