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What’s in store for you in 2011?


“Discover your own undying Self, and be immortal and happy." -- Ramana Maharshi

A New Year coming up. 2011. What do I want to do with this New Year? How do I want my life to be spent in 2011?

What do you want to do in 2011? What are your goals, resolutions?

I want to spend 2011 being as conscious as possible of my own true nature -- my own undying Self, as Ramana Maharshi put it -- and expressing that in the days and months to come.

Putting this another way, I wish to do whatever I can to remind myself and you of the timeless happiness and peace that is the core of our divine character -- our true birthright in this world.

Spontaneous applause for The King's Speech

Yesterday, JoAnn and I went to see The King's Speech. What a terrific movie. Five stars for sure, perhaps 10. I was so happy when the audience began to clap spontaneously when the movie came to a close.

Amongst other things, this fine movie portrays in a remarkably evocative manner the integrity, courage and persistence of two men -- King George VI of England, and Christopher Logue, the Australian speech therapist who helped the King overcome the stammer that had afflicted him since his childhood.

How to handle a terrifying dilemma?

The movie evokes in a very compelling way the fear and anxiety which arose in the Duke of York when confronted with a terrifying dilemma.

Following the death of his father, it became clear that it was his duty to take responsibility for the British throne. But as war loomed with Germany, he feared that his physical affliction might make him a laughing stock on the world stage.

With the help of the irrepressible Logue, the King found a way through his fear and anxiety -- a way to honor his mission and at the same time, overcome the handicap that had plagued him for so many years.

The remarkable story of Susan Boyle

As I was thinking about this movie of a long-ago British king, a more contemporary story came to mind that in its own way is just as remarkable.

I thought about Susan Boyle, who certainly didn't make a good first impression when she stepped before the microphone at a talent show in England. She was such an unlikely looking contender that in the video clips played and replayed continually after her appearance, she had the judges rolling their eyes in disbelief. But of course only for a moment.

Only until she opened her mouth and the judges and the whole world took note of the beautiful voice that soared out to bless the world.

We all have a precious gift to give

We all have a precious gift to give, and 2011 is the perfect year to give it. The details will vary, of course, for each of us. None of us will face the particular challenges that King George VI had to face.

Come to that, probably not too many of us will face the same challenges or walk the same path that Susan Boyle has walked.

Integrity, persistence, and courage

But as a New Year dawns, each of us will have challenges to meet and responsibilities to fulfill. And just as King George VI triumphed over adversity by virtue of his integrity, persistence, and courage -- so may it be for us.

Just as the King found a true friend in Christopher Logue, a friendship that lasted a lifetime, so you and I also may find -- perhaps have already found -- the true friend or mentor who will help us fulfill our mission and give our gift.

With blessings and every good wish for 2011.

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Sibyl - alternaview December 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm

What a great post and a message for a good start to 2011. I do agree with you that we all have our own unique purpose and the key is to uncover it and tap into our passion. I also really love that quote you shared from Ramana Maharshi. Very powerful … thanks for sharing.
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Christopher Foster December 27, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Thanks Sibyl. A pleasure to hear from you and I send you my very best wishes for the New Year. Good to be on this journey with you.


Faye Riley December 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm

What an inspirational message to end this year and begin the new one! Happy New Year!


Christopher Foster December 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Thank you Faye. I so appreciate what we’ve shared for some time now. Love and blessings and a Happy New Year to you too.


Tess The Bold Life December 28, 2010 at 6:37 am

I’m going to see the movie this weekend. Thanks for the recommendation.
I’m not sure shall we “give” our gift or “be” our gift to the world? What do you think?
Happy 2011!
Tess The Bold Life recently posted..The End of Limits- How to Flourish in the Face of Fear


Christopher Foster December 28, 2010 at 11:03 am

Great question Tess. Speaking for myself, I think I’d like to “be” my gift, which sometimes might take a physical form — that would be my preference — but probably sometimes wouldn’t or couldn’t.

Happy 2011 to you too Tess and thankyou so much for your comments. I’ll be hopping over to your blog directly.


Phil Malmstrom December 28, 2010 at 9:36 am

Wonderful post Christopher.

If we all put aside our worries and fears and share the unique gifts that God has given us all, what a remarkable world we could have!

Have a Blessed and Peaceful Day my friend!
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Christopher Foster December 28, 2010 at 11:06 am

Thankyou Phil. Have a blessed and peaceful day yourself. So good to be in the way of life with you. I love the title of your new post. Keep it up my brother.


The Vizier December 28, 2010 at 11:29 am

Hi Christopher,

I admire your goal of wanting to be as conscious as you can of your true nature. It is important to be aware of the timeless happiness and peace that is the core of our divine character. All too often the cares and worries of the world can disconnect us from our true being. Unless we make a conscious effort to stay connected, we could become very unbalanced and stressed out.

I have not watched the King’s Speech but it does indeed sound like an inspiring movie. All of us have our own personal demons that can cripple and shackle us. Few things require more courage than to face and overcome these demons to achieve our fullest potential and to fulfil our responsibilities. Persistence and courage are two qualities that will help us to overcome most of the challenges we face in life.

Thank you for sharing this post! I hope 2011 will be a fantastic year for you as well! 🙂

Irving the Vizier
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Christopher Foster December 28, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Such a pleasure to hear from you again Irving. Persistence and courage. We never outgrow our need for these two qualities do we? How thankful we may be that all we need to do is to ask — and we shall receive. Have a wonderful New Year Irving.


HappinessandWisdom December 28, 2010 at 11:30 am

We love your reminder about the fact that we all have a special gift to offer the world. Here’s hoping many readers bring theirs in 2011!
We enjoy your blog and have added you to our blogroll. Thanks for the link a few weeks ago!
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Christopher Foster December 28, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Hi. Many thanks for adding me to your blogroll. I think I did add you to mine but I’ll check and make sure. A pleasure to greet the New Year and its potential with you. Every good wish in all your endeavors.


jonathanfigaro December 28, 2010 at 7:40 pm

We all have a unique purpose to be who we want. But it takes time to become this. Let yourself unravel like a flower and blossom on the idea of doing what you love and finding your purpose in life. It’s your choice. Great post.


Christopher Foster December 29, 2010 at 10:22 am

Thanks for stopping by Jonathan. It’s always a pleasure to share your words of wisdom. Yes, a flower shows us the way quite effortlessly…


Gail Brenner (AFlourishingLife) December 28, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Hi Chris,

For me, the new year seems to be bringing attention to courage, to living true and not letting fear guide. My mentor is life, and my only task is to listen.

May you flourish brilliantly in 2011!

Gail Brenner (AFlourishingLife) recently posted..Are You Willing to Let Go and Trust


Christopher Foster December 29, 2010 at 10:26 am

Thanks Gail. May you flourish beautifully too in the days and months to come.”Back atcha” as Obama likes to say…Very thankful to have shared this year with you.


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