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2007: Issue 1

Harvesting your Pearls

2007…..where has the time gone?  Seems like just yesterday, I was getting accustomed to writing 2006; I had a 10 year old son instead of an 18 year old;  I was anxiously experiencing the first few days of being an entrepreneur rather than beginning my 4th year; and so on. 

As I entered into the New Year, and did the traditional thinking to establish my new year’s resolutions, what I now prefer to call intentions, I decided to first spend thought reflecting on the yesterdaysof 2006 and the yesteryears of the 21st century, harvesting the pearls that I wanted to keep and treasure and continue to cultivate, and letting go of the rest. Many of you probably already do this; and to a degree I had. The difference this year was the intention in which I approached it: to truly harvest the pearls.

We all know the statistics and have our own stories of our New Year’s resolutions being broken or forgotten by February. While there are many reasons, the fundamental one is resolutions are often made in the realm of our physical world — loose weight; stop smoking; exercise more; save more money; get organized — rather than in the realm of our soul consciousness, what Diane Harmony calls the “mind of our heart”.

My intention in harvesting the pearls was to identify at the soul conscious level the teachings, lessons and memories that I wanted to keep and have shape me, and as importantly, to identify those I want to let go. Without my emphasis on intention, I would be carrying forward a lot of garbage that would serve only to diminish my potential for cultivating pearls in the coming year.

The history of New Year’s resolutions dates back to 153 BC when Janus, a mythical king, was chosen as the symbol for the beginning of the Roman calendar.  Janus was known as the god of gates and doorways because he had two faces: one to look back on past events and the other to look forward to the future. Early Romans actually began the New Year by seeking forgiveness from their enemies and by giving one another branches from sacred trees for good fortune.

To me, their intention was similar to harvesting pearls as the Romans saw the importance of reflecting on the past with attention to forgiveness in order to move into the future with not only a clear slate, but also a hope for “good fortune.”

As with so many of our cultural traditions, the concept of setting New Year’s resolutions has evolved significantly, and far from the ideas of forgiveness and expressions of good fortune. I believe if we incorporated those components into the establishment of our own New Year’s resolutions we would be more successful in truly honoring them as they would be in alignment with our soul consciousness. 

Our experiences/our stories are what shape us into the people we are today.  The challenge is to be more intentional with those we want to hold on to and those we want to let go. At this time of year, we think and talk about our New Year’s resolutions.  As you do so this year, consider harvesting your pearls first, incorporating the ancient concepts of forgiveness and extending good fortune, and then build your resolutions for 2007 around them.     


What pearls from 2006 do you want to harvest?

How can you incorporate them into your New Year’s resolutions?  

What will you to do today to incorporate the act of forgiveness into your New Year’s resolutions?


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