Updated: Oct 4, 2020
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lincoln
Every new year, everyone makes resolutions and vows to change their life or lifestyle. However, 2021 is uncertain for all, especially Americans, for many reasons for which my blog will not permit today. There is a saying that my family always jokes about on New Year's Day when family or friends walk through the door for the first time,"Its been so long, I haven't seen you since last year!" Although, 365 days have passed and ended, within 12 -24 hours prior; a new year, a new day and new opportunity is upon us! We, as people, tend to always wait for a certain time to change a circumstance or situation. Why? Will a sunny opposed to a rainy day, Monday versus Wednesday, 1st rather than the 17th day of the month or July instead of January make a difference? Does it really matter when we decide to act, why do we procrastinate change in and around us? Who me? Well, never really been a procrastinator, the only thing that has caused me to have second thoughts are the lack of funds to invest or transportation to depart. It doesn't make me better, it just makes me closer to my set goals and surprises along the way.
Yesterday has gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. -Mother Teresa
Although the first paragraph joking mentions so long as not really seeing or talking to someone for a certain amount of time, whether long or short; but let's go deeper because it could mean so much more. Time away from a person could be designed or delayed; whereas so long can become an hiatus or hindrance. There are many reasons why a person may want to design a life apart from someone: domestic abuse(sexual, physical or verbal), familiar spirits(great family/friends who enable you to live/regress beneath your greatness), dream snatcher or hater (people who tell you to remain stagnant or don't try to reach above your level of their expectation of you) and, of course, manipulators (If YOU progress, their crutch of misery loves company ends). This group of people tend to have your ear and have the ability to steer you in a certain direction; usually benefiting them, not you. Say HELLO to a new designed opportunity and SO LONG to those who refuse to know your worth...priceless.
Time always exposes what you mean to someone. - Unknown
Sometimes in life, there is a family/friend in which time has delayed a possible reunion because of disagreements, life choices, long-term illnesses, military assignments, or unforgiveness. For whatever the reason, communication has ceased to exist between parties and have caused friction, sadness, and/or worry. Time always seems to acknowledge their absence during birthdays, holidays, reunions, and vacations. The conversation is hushed around the table, as to not ruffle any feathers of the family/friend's 'delayed' individuals return. In time disagreements, life choices, military assignments, and unforgiveness come to an end. In most cases, long-term illnesses have happy endings that include forgiveness, restoration and revival. Remember, although the reunion has taken SO LONG to happen, spend time preparing for it instead of wasting time worrying it will never happen.
The man who lies asleep will never waken fame, and his desire and all his life drift past him like a dream, and the traces of his memory fade from time like smoke in air, or ripples on a stream. Dante Alighieri.
Hiatus and Hindrance are bedfellows, they are what I would call fraternal twins; born at the same time but still different and they come as a pair. Everyone despises when someone or something hinders their progress or promotion. Picture this, you are strolling along, whistling Dixie, moving forward, checking off the blocks, and actually seeing the light at the end of the tunnel AND THEN; either a boulder falls or a bomb is ignited that blocks the light and entry to the beginning of your new opportunity! Hindrance is "hybrid of Hinder and it has a adjective (meaning situated in the rear, pertaining to the rear, toward the back), adverb (behind, back, afterward) and verb form (to harm, injure, impair, check, repress) from the origin and meaning on etymonline.com. As one of my dear friends would say, "AIN'T THAT A MESS!" SO LONG, you've been working towards the final goal, you've worked diligently, masterfully, and strategically to arrive at this point to come to point of no return but even worse, no way to continue forward. It appears that all your work was for naught...
Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. Deepak Chopra
Hindrance always makes us pause. This is where our twin sister, hiatus enters the room. Ironically, hiatus is a 'space from which something requisite to completeness is absent' according to my internet source, once again, etymonline.com. Why, do we need to pause?Pausing causes us to be open to new strategies in order to continue forward and even more opportunities (gap: break or opening); because for SO LONG you have been focused on the end of the tunnel and forgot there is more beyond the tunnel! The unseen light triggers your awareness to your blind spot, literally and figuratively. There can never be a journey without a perceived destination, our destination will involve hindrances to overcome; but hindrances enable an hiatus for resolution and revival. When there is no more light at the end of the tunnel, what you thought was the end is merely another checkpoint in preparation for not the destination but your destiny; for which you were born!
Hindrance and Hiatus are akin to Transition. Transition always takes SO LONG but once its window is open, its TOO SHORT and immediate to recognize and easy to mistake for the end of the road. SO LONG the road but TOO SHORT is your own insight; you need the Guide who is the LIGHT. So remember, walk by faith and not by sight.
Emerging is not about someone lifting you up out of a situation; it is about your awakening from within and rising up! Bishop Dale C. Bronner