By Lisa Huddleston

I love beginnings! New class? Sign me up. New craft? Can’t wait to learn it. Anything involved with something new, and I’m your girl. So naturally–I love new years!

As I wrote in my last post, I made it through the holidays with no visible scars, and I actually managed to enjoy a lot of the events I was part of. Some of this surprising peace came about because I made quite a few changes this holiday season. And that is also the case with this New Year’s activities. Chuck and I rang in 2016 alone. We had some yummy snacks, some champagne, and a sweet midnight kiss, and it was great. No party, no guests, no fuss. (Although I think I would have been equally happy to have shared our time.)

And most unusual for me, I hadn’t really thought about any goals or resolutions for 2016 until I was in a yoga class on Saturday morning–that shows you how relaxed I’ve become. But in my class, the teacher asked us to hold our open hands in front of our hearts and to picture an idea or a word regarding the New Year resting there. In just seconds, I saw the concept of balance, an idea I have valued for a long time. I smiled to myself: balance and yoga do seem to go together. And so that was it–balance it is, and hopefully, balance it will be. Body, mind, soul, and spirit. I pray that I can find ways to make this vision a truth in my life.

starting-overWouldn’t it be cool if I could just press “restart” like we do with computers, and suddenly my life would operate exactly as I hope it would? “Restart” is a great concept. Even God has taken advantage of it! My designated reading for Saturday told me so. Genesis tells us that God’s new world “had become corrupt in God’s sight, and it was filled with violence. God observed all this corruption in the world, and he saw violence and depravity everywhere. So God said to Noah, ‘I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Yes, I will wipe them all from the face of the earth!'” (Gen. 6:11-13). God was ready to press “restart!”

It encouraged me to read this familiar story in a new way. It was refreshing to think that even God sometimes started the same work over in another way. I am not alone in this desire, and I can even hope to presume that God has set an example for me in starting over.

So that’s where I am right now. I’ve hit the “restart” button, and I am doing what I already know–and have known–to do when my operating system is working properly. Tomorrow I return to my work at the Adult Learning Center. I truly hope to continue my return to reading God’s word and to my practice of yoga and other physical exercise, and here I am right now returning to the reflective, spiritual practice of writing my thoughts in this blog.

Beginnings are very good, but sometimes restarts can be just as good. Happy New Year!