Looking forward into an empty year strikes one with a certain awe, because one finds therein no recognition. The years behind have a friendly aspect, and they are warmed by fires we have kindled, and all their echoes are the echoes of our own voices. - Alexander Smith
The old and familiar is more comforting to contemplate than the new and untried.
I read the above in my OA For Today readings. I think the word "awesome" is completely overused these days but there is a certain awe considering the empty year before us all. There is nothing to recognize about 2013 yet because there is no "echo" yet; 2013 is yet to be warmed by the fires of what we do, what we accomplish, what we become.
Too often we have gone back to the old and familiar because it was old and familiar. It's the echoes of our own voices calling us back. What voices will pull us forward and through 2013? It is the voice of our own hope. Will the voice of fear drive us back or keep us from the prize?
What voice are we going to listen to this year?
The voice of fear will convince us that we cannot do this. What do we do? We exercise, eat right, and get the water in anyway. We must ignore the voices of insecurity in our heads - those voices that remind us of how many times we have failed in the past - the old and familiar.
Remember being afraid to go into a dark room because of the unknown things that might be waiting? Why did we assume that there was something to be frightened of in the darkness? There was something in that room we wanted so we found the light switch and after flipping on the light we saw there was nothing to be afraid of all along.
That dark room is 2013. There's nothing to be afraid of. The light switch is in our brains and our hearts. This year will be an echo in 2014. What do we want it to say?