The Next Chapter

September 13th 

It's an annual holiday that marks a new chapter for me. It's the start of MY new year. While many people look at the calendar year to set goals for themselves, I look at my life cycle. Each year that I have an opportunity to breathe new life, is my opportunity to breathe new goals.

Think about it: As a small child, we celebrate our birthday with a cake covered with lit candles. After a cute song, we are encouraged to make a wish and them to seal the wish with blowing out the candle. The ceasing of the fire signifies the end of the old and the beginning of the new. We blow out the candles with a bout of expectation. Yes, you did too. When you blew those candles out, you were hopeful that you wish would come true. Why else would you have closed your eyes, smiled, took a deep breath, and blew? You were moving into your your next chapter, with hope.

This year, I received an extra special gift.

All gifts are special in their own but this one will be unforgettable

It was a book.
Anyone who knows me, I mean really knows me, knows that I am a book hoarder. I could run a lending library out of my home. I LOVE books!

My 16-year old daughter was in my bedroom yesterday and glazed at my mini-bookshelf, overflowing with books. She asked if I read all of the books on the shelf. Nope.

  • You see, I buy books because I enjoy the author. 
  • I buy books because the topic is interesting and/or intriguing. 
  • I buy books because I find quite a few of them on sale. 

I never know when I will need to affirm myself, pick myself up, and educate myself on a topic. I often tell my husband that one day there will be a book on my shelf that I can support to sow into someone else's life. Every book has its place and its purpose. I may not understand it now, but in due time...

Imagine my surprise when I opened my gift and saw that she bought me (with her very own money) a BOOK. Not just any book. She bought me a book my someone who inspires me. Someone I listen to regularly. It was a book about moving beyond your past. How fitting...as I move into my next chapter! How thoughtful?!
  
My books live as a reminder of who I am and who I was created to be. Sometimes I get stuck. I get complacent. I get bogged down with past pains, past hurts, past insecurities.

But, September 13th! That's a day for me to ReGroup4Change and to get myself (back) on track. It's a day for me to remember who I am and whose I am. It's a day for me to shed my baggage. It's a day for me to learn forgiveness.

My journey is not perfect but I get to make better choices each day, each week, each month, each year.

As I start this next chapter of my life, I encourage you to start the next chapter of your life. The only way we move forward and get to the end is to keep pushing along. There will be times when we need to re-read a section or maybe even a chapter. But at some point, we MUST move on. We can read slowly and at our own pace. But we MUST move forward.  

What chapter of your life do you need to stop re-reading?

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