Graceful New Years...
~ Kate Trudeau
It’s Family Movie Night, and my daughter Melissa chooses X-Men, Days of Future Past. Science Fiction is always fun, but suddenly in the middle of the movie, a dramatic moment between two lead characters lifts me to a new understanding. “Look past my pain. It doesn’t matter. Look for your own future.” says one desperate Mutant to another, who then is motivated to go beyond his self-pain focus and to join the World in Service.
We love that stuff; we 21st century humans. From Mockingjays to Mutant Warriors, Chivalrous Knights to Fairytale Villains, we soak up meaning and feel good watching others be so inspired, that they put aside almost impossible to bear pain and injury, fears and long-standing self-beliefs. We thrill as others answer the Call, shed their self-images and move into new, uncharted territories.
Why? Because we know, in our hearts, that our own long-held traumas and opinion shaping decisions, are what blocks our own paths to greatness. It is inspiring yet oddly comforting to watch greatness revealed in others, in extreme, and let’s face it, highly unlikely circumstances.
But for this New Year, let’s consider a new model. Let’s consider looking beyond our own pain, because it doesn’t matter. Let’s consider surrendering to our own Grace —- our own strength, wisdom and destiny. Stop for a moment and consider how we can arrange our lives, our habits —- even our furniture and knick knacks, so that our every day supports us and reminds us:
Go beyond our pain; it doesn’t matter.
Every time we start to shape a situation around some past event or long-held superstition, let’s stop and support ourselves in leaving it behind. Let’s try a different way, a new color or a new form of communication. Every time we begin that internal conversation about wrongs done to or even by us, let’s change the subject. Let’s think about something else, or focus outside ourselves. Every time we reach for something to ease the edge of experience, let’s reach for each other instead. Let’s stand together for a cause so important, it can unite a disparate humanity.
Look beyond my pain. It doesn’t matter. It isn’t as important as my Grace.
Kate Trudeau is an Herbalist, a Minister, a Reiki Master, a Breathe Coach, a Life Coach and an Astrologer. Additionally she writes and illustrates Children’s books designed to give parents and children opportunities to discuss self-control through self-acceptance.
Ordained in New York at The New Seminary, a United Nations project, Kate trained to support all spiritual beliefs, traditions and needs as an Interfaith Minister. Throughout her work, Kate strives to create a space where all visions of the Divine are honored and may be expressed as a needed priority or personal goal.
A Yale graduate, Kate is also a garden variety Geek, an ardent believer in the Internet, Computers, Smart Phones, and everything else that this technological age can bring. She owns her own Internet Technology business with her husband.