Defying Tradition for the New Year

2011 has been a time of hard lessons and transformative changes.

I was sitting in deep thought contemplating serious decisions that I need to make over the next few weeks when I received text messages from Piper Carter.

Piper Carter is co-owner of Detroit’s Five Elements Gallery. She is a gorgeous petite powerhouse with an old soul. Back to back text messages came through like a direct answer to the questions that my heart was seeking at that very moment. They stated:

The power is in you. The answer is in you. And you are the answer to all your searches: you are the goal. You are the answer. It’s never outside. ~Eckhart Tolle

and Piper’s words:

The end of the year is always a powerful time of the year. We have the ability to reflect on the year and with perspective we can see where we grew, where we challenged ourselves and where we struggled. As we shift into a new year, let us also shift our mindset. As we come into 2012, and perhaps make resolutions or goals, let us also remember how powerful we are. Let us remember that our goals ARE possible. ~ Piper Carter

I had to sit with those words, rereading them over and over as if that would imprint the message on my soul.

As I started setting my intentions and goals for the New Year I paused. My grandfather’s oft repeated warning sprang to mind. Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is a sign of insanity (Albert Einstein).

I decided to not make promises or declarations to myself that I would not keep.

At the eve of 2012 I will choose to let go of my goals and simply do my best in all situations.

I will let God/Universe handle the rest. Experience has taught me that if God gave me just a third of the things that I’ve asked for in the past, I would be a miserable soul. Lol!

I want to enter into the New Year with my heart free of anger and fear. In 2012 I want to easily recognize and utilize all the blessings in my life.

This time I am letting go of what my life is supposed to look like and just dealing with each moment with my heart and mind wide open.


About Oya

Six years ago, Oya, as her friends affectionately call her (and pronounced like she lives her life: "Oh Yeah!"), founded the first Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival. The festival uses the power of film as catalyst for women to see themselves as agents of change. As an artist, activist and organizer, Oya has been creating programming that utilizes art to heal, educate, and empower communities for over 20 years. Click here to read more about Oya

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