If Only We’d Know What The Future Holds
“New year — a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.”
— Alex Morritt
Hurray, the new year is here! As I mentioned last week, it feels like a blank page, and I can only wish that this feeling provides you with as much energy and hope as it does for me. This morning I woke up to a landscape of frostbite, and it felt like the outside world was reflecting the crispy newness that I experience on the inside.
Just as the last weeks of December are filled with articles of “How to…” and “25 Things…” lists, these first weeks of January are abundant of written advices on how to stick to your New Year’s resolutions as well as predictions on what this year might bring us. Oh, how I love those predictions! If only for the fun prospect that I can check them again on their “correctness” by the end of the year…
A few of my favorite examples:
“There are new planetary elements adding to the 2019 mix that give us more room to breathe—and the opportunity to get out of the funk of our changing situations.” (Crystal B.)
“2019 is a 3 universal year (2+0+1+9=12, and 1+2=3) …Well, lucky for us, 3 is the number of creation, manifestation and self-expression. 2019 will be infused with a lightness and confidence you haven’t felt for years!” (The Numerologist Team)
“Each year we get a new tarot card that lets us know what will be in store for us. The card tells us what to look out for and what we will be working on. It helps guide us in the months ahead as we continue on our journey to our higher self.” (Nikki Fogerty)
There is a side note with those predictions, though: they tend to become self-fulfilling prophecies. After all, they are stories, remember?
The reason for mentioning this, is that I myself am trying to find the fine line between living BY these predictions, and living WITH them. The subtle difference being whether I let my decisions being dictated by what I read somewhere or whether I see those writings as outlines of the infinite possibilities that can occur within this Universe anyway, at any moment in time.
It is a very, VERY fine line ladies and gentlemen.
On the one end, we, as human beings, crave for knowledge of what the future brings. It makes us feel secure. It gives us the feeling of being in control of our destiny. Because it’s all grand and great how the Universe keeps all the stars and planets in place, but we are still the masters of our fate and the captains of our soul. Right?
If only we’d know what the future holds, then we’d make all the right decisions from now on.
No more fear of doing it wrong, of upsetting other people, of losing a job / house / relationship over a silly mistake. Boy, life would be so much easier then!
On the other end of this fine line, we can wholly accept that there is no future to know. The future exists in our minds alone, so why rely on something as elusive as that? Reality is what takes place in the here and now, it is what we can grab with both our hands; what we can see, hear and smell. Accept this moment as if it was your own design. The future will arrive in time, and then you can see that as your design as well.
How I walk along this fine line? As I do with any act of balance: I keep strengthening my core.
Whilst peeking at both sides of the line, I ask myself: what do these predictions mean to me? Which fears do they trigger? Which parts of my body react…in agony or excitement? And to bring it back to this moment: what do I FEEL NOW?
The strength of my core lies in the FAITH I have. I trust the guidance of my intuition, through what I feel, and that takes me from one moment to the next.
There is nothing else to do than to be.
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
— William Shakespeare