Friday, January 11, 2008

New Beginnings

While watching one of my all time favorite movies Purple Rain, I was listening to the opening sequence:

Dearly Beloved,
We are gathered here today to get this thing called life.
Electric word life it means forever and that's a mighty long time
But I'm here 2 tell you there's something else, the afterworld

Get through this thing called life, huh?

I have watched this movie hundreds of times, I love good live music and since Purple Rain is more of a long concert with bad acting it fits the bill, but I digress to say I love this movie and the opening sequence got me to thinking about life and change.

It's that time of year when everyone is focusing on the "new." Resolutions, promises, engagements, babies, moving into new places and trying new things. I don't believe in resolutions, they are easily broken and make you feel bad about yourself for not being able to stick to them.

What do I believe in? Change.

Gradual but steady change. Change is a word that exicites some people and terrifies others. Last year was a major year of change for me and I checked off many things on my important "to do" list. The most important was to amend fallen friendships and broken relationships.

Some time back I mentioned an important phone call that I was terrified of but felt I had to make. Working through my fear I finally made that phone call and although it did not go as well as I had hoped, it did not go badly either. So now I await the effects of that call. Impatiently I might add (I am still working on changing my patience level) but it feels good to have so much off of my chest.

This year will be better than the last, and next year will be better than this year. I have journeyed through the flames and have emerged a better person, a stronger person and it is time to start enjoying this short period of time we call life.

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