It seems odd to be thinking about the year 2023, wondering what happened to 2022. The days seem to fly by stopping not for naught, with little consideration for my personal agenda. Nonetheless, it’s keep up or get out of the way, and let life through. Actually, I’m okay with that. My agenda is what it is, and I will do what I can do when I can do it. If I get it done, hurrah for me, if not, it wasn’t meant to be, so goes my thinking.
At this stage of my life, physical impediments and all, my overall concern is how am I doing spiritually, and what does this mean going into the new year? I say to myself, I am doing the best I can under the circumstances, though I know that is not true. I could work much harder at being spiritually connected more than just part of the time and ignore the physical limitations that coerce the expression, “damn you!” Hence, my spiritual quandary.
The positive is that I get to start fresh every day. Ah, the uniqueness of a new day. I love that I have that opportunity because, as Maya Angelou has said, “This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before.” It is a daily challenge to see how far in the day I can go before the first “damn you” appears. Some days it comes before I even get out of bed. See what I mean. I’m not sure I have ever had a day without expressing some choice words because I have been inconvenienced by one of my limitations. And it seems like every day I experience a new and/or different limitation. Woe is me! Yet, in saying that, I understand that the simple expression of “damn you” is not an indictment on me or the Universal Godhead, but an expression of frustration on the impact my limitations have on my sense of well-being and my humanity.
Just as my physical limitations seem to evolve and change daily, likewise, so does my spiritual journey, and hopefully for the better. My encouragement for that comes from the words of Kirpal Singh in his little book called “Spirituality: What it is.”
“The spiritual teachings of all masters in all ages and in all countries are one and the same, though described in the different words and languages prevailing at a particular time in a particular country. They come with the message of spirituality, and their sole object is to spiritualize human beings by linking them in the process of spiritual evolution and unfoldment.”
I am pleased to be in that “spiritual evolution and unfoldment,” thinking about where it will it take me in 2023. As I think about it, it really doesn’t matter. I believe it will take me to where I need to go and to what I still need to learn about my journey. Limitations or not, where He leads me, I will follow. If the journey leads me to transition, I am ready to go. If he leads me to experience more suffering and limitation with this failing body, I will go with as much joy as I can muster. However, I need to say that I go, not as a Christian defined by the Christian Church of today but by the truth of the teachings of Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and Mohammed that say I am worthy of the journey.
However, one of the goals I have for 2023 is to complete my degree program with the University of Metaphysics. I recently completed my Bachelor of Metaphysics degree and about two-thirds done with my Master’s program. Hopefully I can complete my Doctorate before the end of 2023. FYI, the study of metaphysics is the study of being, who we are in relationship to the Universe, creation, and/or God.
I am eternally grateful for this life so far. It has brought me challenges, yes, but also great joy. I am surrounded by a loving and caring family, a multitude of friends, and brothers and sisters from other mothers. It has been a great run this time around. I could transition tomorrow and know that I have achieved the honored, “well done, good and faithful servant!” So, come hither 2023—we will journey together!