New Moon, New Beginnings


This past Sunday Charlie and I invited our dear friends, Dr. Jim Sterling and Dr. Joey Hamilton over to barbecue and watch the eclipse from our Dallas terrace. I don’t know about you, but my Instagram feed was filled with moon pictures!  And, it’s no wonder. I saw somewhere that total lunar eclipses bring endings to certain aspects of our lives, in preparation for new beginnings.

Well, whether that’s true or not, I know a number of people who are in times of transition right now. To help them guide their paths a bit, here are a few of my guiding posts, when it comes to making room for new beginnings.

Accept what you can’t control. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is trying to control those things, which we cannot change. The only thing you can control is yourself, so take this time of transition to learn as much as you can from this stage of life and grow better as an individual. Recognize the things you can control, and let go of the things you cannot. It might not be an easy process, but the principle itself is really quite simple…and quite refreshing.

Be open to change. We really are creatures of habit, and when those habits change, we sometimes get thrown for a loop. So, when change comes, instead of fighting it, embrace it. Change your mind. Change your actions. Change your attitude. CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Goodness knows, I’ve had to many a time over the years, and never once has it caused me to look back.

Rely on your support network. In fact, count on them. That support network is there for times just like these. In times of new beginnings, you need the ones who have been there with you through the endings. They know how you operate, you can trust them and they can be honest with you, when many people won’t be. Hold them close, and listen to them carefully.

Know when to take a break. New beginnings are not marathons. Rather, they are slow and steady walks, where you can really take things in, learn about yourself, and think about your next step. So, if you’re tired? Rest. If you feel spent? Refuel. Nurture yourself and you will be well rested and ready to go when it’s time to start again.

Embrace risky business. Because really, isn’t everything in life risky? The only constant that life guarantees is that there is no constant. So, rather than fighting to keep the status quo or coasting safely along the same path, look at the little detours that life throws in your way as signs to change directions…even if it’s ever so slightly.

Moll Wants To Know: Are you on the cusp of a new beginning? Tell me about it.

Photo: “Looking Up” by Mike Mezeul II—“After spending 5 hours on a rooftop with an incredible view of Dallas, I was able to create this composite image showing the moon transition from full moon, to full lunar eclipse, and back. Each moon image was shot approximately 10 minutes apart to capture the entire transition. I hope you all enjoy! Feel free to share!”