The Power of New Beginnings
By Nancy Zwiers
“For a web begun, God sends the thread.”
-This old proverb was inspired by spiders who miraculously produce the silk they need for their web as they weave.
As 2022 begins, what will you begin? New beginnings are ripe with endless possibilities. New beginnings give us the opportunity to reflect on the choices we have made in our lives and decide what we want to start or do more of and what we want to do less of (or stop altogether).
Numerous frameworks can support us in the natural process of renewal, and here are just a few:
For greater inner peace and receptivity to the flow of life, consider replacing goals with intentions.
Intentions speak to a general orientation of what you want to contribute with your life without specifying what it actually looks like. It creates a mindset that is less stressed, more playful, and more mindful of the good and abundance. For most of my career, I was very goal-oriented and driven (and always striving). As I have gained more wisdom, I realize “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” I concluded that intentions can be better than goals in that they allow for the serendipitous, impossible-to-plan events or situations that can lead to your greater good. For example, I wouldn't have set a goal that I would be recruited by Spin Master in 2015, but my intention to leverage my decades of experience in toys and children's entertainment to help others was aligned with this unpredictable opportunity. Some examples of my goals that I replaced with more generalized intentions:
Write a book about play Share what I’ve learned about play with others
Go on three international trips Follow my curiosity and explore the world
Regardless of whether you resonate with goals or intentions, the key is to begin! Take meaningful action to move in the direction of your dreams.
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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