Friends, family, world -as we bid farewell to the past year, I offer a mandate for the future. For myself and those in my family, it was a very difficult year, as I’m sure it was for many others. As a new year begins, I don’t want to focus on the difficulties of the past. I want to rather look at what lies ahead and how beautiful it can and will be! I choose to focus on what I believe our mindset should be moving forward.
Firstly, we need to allow what has happened in the past to move out of focus. We can always learn from the past; it guides us to the correct path to take when we reach a crossroad-but never let it dictate your future. Last year was hard for many reasons for my family and me; medical issues, financial, business etc. However, the past is over and it is the future that beckons us now. I believe the near future is full of promise, blessing, protection, and joy. Sound good? It does to me too! But it’s only available to those who tackle it with a whole heart. This next year is not a year of mediocrity; it is the year of the tackle, the year of attack and triumph, a year of success. So throw off the shackles of half-heartedness, the shackles of complacency, and pick up your spirit. Command your soul and proclaim to the world “I will perform the work on this earth that God declares me capable of, not the work that the people of this world simply see me capable of.”
We must also remember we are divinely permitted to enjoy the right of self-determination and the pursuit of happiness. We must realize that the future is not one of ease and resting but of ceaseless striving so that we may fulfill the pledges we have so often taken and not succeeded. Such as the one we must take today- the one that says we have to labor and to work, and work hard, to give reality to our dreams. With profound solitude we must effect a settlement of the past by resorting to extraordinary measures by enacting new or dormant statutes in our hearts and minds that say we must forgive, we must have joy, love, and courage and most of all, the fear of God. We must never let the fear of the opinions of people over power our honor. Our happiness this year does not lie in mere possessions, it lies in the joy of achievement. It lies in the daily pursuit of that very Heavenly mandate to succeed despite the trials.
For if we delight in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our hearts (Psalm37:4) and “with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3)
God bless you all. Happy New Year to you and yours!
Jonathan W Wallace II of Native Executive Security