Transformation One Step At A Time

Resolve To BE

Lizabeth-1Every January 1st I struggle to define who I will become in the next year.  I make resolutions with a tongue in cheek, so to speak.  Promises that I make to myself that I will change something.  A desperate attempt to half-heartedly acknowledge that my life involves change.  I “give in” once a year and publicly announce a goal.  One that has evaded my conquering nature, my vanquishing attitude for a while.  That burst of year-end energy.  You know.  The Gone With The WindScarlett O’Hara, ” As God is my witness, they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again,”  attitude.

How many years have I resolved to lose the weight, get in touch with old friends, clean out the clutter or finally finish that old project that now has a name because it has been around so long.  The list is endless.
What if I resolve to just BE?   What growth will happen naturally, if I become comfortable with what and who I am in THIS moment and allowed the changes to change me?

As I learned in class at Unity of Bowling Green, there is a difference between Inspired Action and Motivation.  What is the difference?  They both are resolutions, right?  Right, but there is a major difference.

I can ‘motivate’ myself to get up and go to that job I hate.  I can motivate myself to choose a healthier item at dinner.  I can motivate myself to clean out the junk drawer.  I have the where-with-all to move myself for short bursts but then what?  That is what a “resolution” is made of.  A resolve to make a change that I MUST do.  It has a ball & chain attached to it and I must find the energy to keep at it.  Most resolutions are made of motivation alone and that is why most fail.

Inspired Action is the resolution that has a fire of its own.  I don’t have to start the flame from scratch.  I get up and WANT to fan the flames that are already there.  I cannot wait to do…X,Y,Z.  It is in and of itself energetic and takes on a mind of its own.  It encompasses its own motivation and I feel like I am just “hanging on to the back of the horse” once it takes off.  Resolutions that are born of inspired action are not only successful, most of the greatest in their field say they were “inspired” to do it.

Michelangelo once said, “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”

The major difference is the action.  This year I resolve to ask myself, BEFORE I take on the task, is this mine to do?  Am I inspired to do it?  If I’m not, my heart isn’t in it.  For me, that has come to symbolize that God isn’t in it.  If God isn’t in it,  I know that it will be a drudgery and the effort and time I put in it will not benefit anyone.

With all of that being said, I am not immune to the need to resolve something new.  I am going to make a New Year’s Resolution and it will be a resounding success.  Here it goes.  Drum roll please……………

THIS, THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 2013, I RESOLVE TO JUST BE ME!

just me 2      just me 1

Tie-dye wearing, short, round, sometimes funny, sometimes bitchy, just starting to figure things out at 43 year old me.  Cop out you say?  Really?  I think I am taking on the most monumental task of all!  Think about it…there is no other Lizabeth.

There are very few that have taken on the task and fewer that have done it through inspired action.  There was One however, that I am just now starting to understand.  He wasn’t the only one but I sure can learn a lot from the lessons He left.

I am taking on the inspired resolution to follow my inner guidance COMPLETELY.  What is my inner guidance?   God–In Me.  Hardest resolution of them all.  I am Divinely Inspired to the challenge.  Are you?

“Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me.”  John 14:10

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