Researching into different religions and cultures, makes it possible to draw parallels between each.
One parallel is the abundance of Creation Stories.
These are stories that hold a people together.
Christians know they’re Christian, because of the story of Adam and Eve. The Romans knew they were Roman because of the story of the twins being suckled by a wolf, and other peoples are not much different.
Now, I’d like to make this a little more personal.
Everyone has an individual Creation Story. This tells us who we are in society and the larger world. It often has information like who our parents are, where we grew up, and our history, told through our eyes.
This creates a filter of how we interpret everything in life.
So, by acknowledging our own Creation Story and its influence, and by understanding how it impacts upon our decisions and perception, we can set ourselves free.
Don’t ignore it, don’t deny it. Embrace it because it is important and unique…
But don’t let it shut down the imagination and the ability to write more stories.
This is my challenge also.
Everyone is busy signing up to their Resolutions, but how they are achieved is sometimes beyond us. This is because everything changes.
For those of us who freak out about change, coping is really quite simple.
It’s taken me roughly four decades to work this out, but change is cyclical and there will always be something constant… something that doesn’t change.
If I focus on ensuring I’m organised for the things that don’t change, then I’m halfway to coping with the overall change.
Getting finances sorted is a worthwhile Resolution. This one underpins much of what can be achieved and what cannot.
- How finances work is a very easy example. Bills don’t arrive randomly. Utilities are usually billed every quarter, even though the food budget may change a little depending on season (although that can be brought to order easily too with some know how).
So, the idea is to work out how much the utilities cost for a year (if this amount cannot be calculated, I multiply the bill I do have four times to give me a rough cost) and then save towards that amount every three months.
So randomness is brought to its knees and now there’s more control in our hands. Change is curtailed and more manageable.
And there’s always the trick of getting your finances as well as the rest of life into a routine that takes some of the unpredictability out of life.
An old suggestion but a good one.
What change are you focusing on managing into the New Year?