December 30, 2022

Making Goals, New Beginnings

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When I thought about what I wanted to come here and write to you all about, I thought about what time of the year it is, and how so many of us – myself included, take some time round about now to review the past year, and look forward to what we want to achieve in the next.

You see, late in 2021 I decided that 2022 would be the year for living a more religious life. That’s how I put it to myself, and I knew what I meant by it. I wanted to add more to my daily practice, to deepen it further, and to ritualise my days more than they already were. I wanted to make regular commitments and habitualise them. I wanted my life to be deeper, broader, more magical, more dedicated.

I thought to come here today to tell you about being here a year later, and having failed to see this goal through in 2022.

I wanted to tell you how I made the mistake of having a goal that was worthy, but how I didn’t take it any further. That goal never came to pass because I never sat down and decided that this was what I’d do when, and how. I couldn’t add any more habits of any sort to my days and weeks and seasons, if I didn’t know what, specifically, I wanted them to be.

I wanted to tell you all this, and talk about making goals specific, because intention is all well and good in any manner of things, but we have to be focused in what we want to do and achieve.

I thought about saying all of this to you, and then I realised that what I really wanted to tell you was something else. Related to this, but something different all the same.

I have to start over with this dream of mine to live a more ‘religious’ life. I have to figure out what I want to do, and when, and how. I have to begin it all again.

And the new year is a good time to begin again with a goal.
But so is next week. Next month.
So is a minute from now.
Whenever now is.

This is what I really want to tell you:
It’s always a good time to begin again. To forgive yourself for not getting something right, and begin again.
To forgive yourself for not setting goals properly.
For not having the time, or the energy, or for just changing your mind.
For saying the wrong thing to someone.
For saying the wrong thing to yourself.
For tripping up, falling over, staying down, not getting up straight away.

It’s always a good time to dust yourself off and say you’re going to try that again, right now.
New beginnings can happen any moment we need them to.
Because every moment, we choose our path, and if we take a wrong turn, then we can just start over.

So, this is what I really want to say: here’s to beginnings – may you bless yourself with them every day.

Lucy dipped her head in greeting too, and something sang in her heart. It sat lightly in her chest, full of glory in everything. 

Morghan smiled at her as she climbed from the stream bed, dripping glittering droplets of water. She reached for her boots and Lucy, with one last glance at the figures across the stream, clambered after her. She reached for her own boots in astonished, awed silence, feeling her heart vibrate in her chest. 

When she could think again, she decided to leave the news headlines to later in the morning. 

It was time to come up with a way to greet the day, the world. 

And all the spririts living in it. 

Lucy & Morghan, The Belonging, Ch 22

Katherine Genet is the author of the Wilde Grove mythic/visionary fiction series, as well as complementary non-fiction. She has been walking a pagan path for 30 years and is a shamanic Druid, spirit worker, and priestess of  Elen of the Ways.

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10 Comments

  1. Kerris

    Thank you for this its so easy to get distracted and wander off the path, but when you realise it’s equally easy to walk back onto it you realise you’re never completely lost.

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    • Katherine Genet

      That’s exactly right. Every minute – every breath – is another opportunity ?

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  2. krista

    Thank you for this post. Its so nice to be reminded that we can begin again, every day.

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    • Katherine Genet

      Yes, I think there’s a lot of pressure to get things right, to achieve all the things the first time, but really life isn’t so much like that.

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  3. Heather

    Thank you for sharing. You are right on with your thoughts on why and how well intentioned plans fall awry. It is very true that your explanation was my reason also. Thank you yet again Katherine.

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    • Katherine Genet

      I think most of us stumble this way at some time. ?

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  4. kim waller

    I am so very glad you and your work has come into my life. Thank you

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    • Katherine Genet

      Thank you for having an open heart and a willingness towards community and connection. Blessings on your way! ?

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  5. Cheryl Tracy

    This was a timely post for me today….for the entire week. lol Thanks!

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    • Kate

      It’s regularly a good reminder for me!

      Reply

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