Happy Diwali

diwali greetingsToday is the fourth day of the Diwali festival for Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists.  It is the start of the New Year.  To all my lovely readers who celebrate this – Happy Diwali and Sal-mu-barak!  Diwali is a time when we celebrate the triumph of good over evil, light over dark, hope over despair, understanding over ignorance, the dawn of a new day.  This is why Diwali is known as the festival of lights.

There’s also been an eclipse and the arrival of a new moon.  New beginnings are all around us.

One of the loveliest things we do as a family at this time of year is to gather over some delicious and plentiful food, and each of us takes a few moments to share how the previous twelve months have been.  What we’ve learned, what we’ve achieved, where we might have struggled.  We then each set our intentions for the coming year.  We say aloud, in front of each other, the things we plan to work towards and accomplish in the coming twelve months.  (We do this on 1 January each year too).

As I thought about this yesterday evening, I have to admit I was surprised at how far I’ve travelled this year, metaphorically speaking, and where I’m currently standing.  This time last year I was two months into a contract that was making me miserable.  I was also running an online jewellery business that wasn’t going as well as I’d have hoped.  Although I was getting by, I wasn’t truly enjoying life.

If my fairy godmother had shown up with her wand in October 2013 I would have asked for a lottery win, a thriving retail business, and alcohol that didn’t leave me with a hangover.

But then I wouldn’t have experienced the last six months.  And the last six months have been amazing.

Suddenly, everything is moving and flowing.  Having left the awful contract after six months, I thought it might be something worth writing about.  Just as I started drafting the outline of a book, an email inviting me to join John Williams’ 30 Day Challenge came through.  I used that challenge to finalise the first draft of the book.  Through the challenge, I also found the most fabulous mentor, Judith Morgan, without whom I wouldn’t have taken those next steps towards following my dream of becoming a full-time writer.  Judith then introduced me to the fantastic Deborah Taylor, who is helping me launch the book.  And we’re now at the point of discussing publication dates!

Twelve months ago I wouldn’t have dreamt I’d be where I am now.

So when I was talking about it yesterday evening, I realised that even if I had a time machine and could go back and change things, I wouldn’t.  I needed to go through those experiences.  Without the terrible contract the idea for ‘Coping with the Horroffice’ would never have been born.  Without the online retail business I wouldn’t have started writing blog posts, and wouldn’t have fallen in love with writing all over again.  Without that feeling of despair I wouldn’t have been in search of a new challenge.  I had to go through all those experiences and emotions to get to where I am.  I didn’t know that at the time though.

And I guess that’s my message – we have to keep the faith, even in our most despairing moments.  We have to keep our own light alive, even in our darkest days.  And we have to trust that everything we’re experiencing has its perfect place in our lives, even if we can’t see what that place will be.

May the lights of peace, prosperity and joy guide you through the coming year.

Comments ( 2 )

  1. ReplyChardonnay

    This is a beautiful post Heena, and what you write is full of love and light I'm a few steps behind you.. But can relate so much - horroffice and those dark moments. Knowing they have to happen before something much brighter. Also very grateful to have had the 30DC experience to learn about blogging, and to have found Judith! Perhaps I too need to meet Deborah to clinch that book deal... :) You are very inspiring. I loved this post and it's come just at the perfect time, thank you xx

    • ReplyHeena

      Thank you so much for your kind words Chardonnay. I wasn't actually sure this post would appeal to anyone, but felt I had to share my truth. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :-)

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