Spiritual Coaching Vol 3 #8 January – the door www.dennymeyer.me
January – gets its name from Janus, an ancient god of the doorway; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, coming from the Latin word for ianua, or door, since January is the door to the year. I write to you from La Porte (some people don’t put a space between La and Porte) but we too are “the door.” Not the door to the year but we are a door to where we live our lives. Sometimes it has felt like a door without hinges but slowly under some solid leadership it seems like things are swinging the right way.
There were other names for January too; the Saxons called it Wulf-monath and Charlemagne called it Wintarmanoth. We call it Winter – a long way to summer (it feels that way). It’s a good time of year to pour something warm in a cup, sit back with a book (on a device or bound), light a fire or a candle, read, and reflect. The old year is past, the door to the new year is swinging open, and opportunities abound. Where will they lead? Will I be selfish with my time and talents or will I turn toward people and a world in need of what I have to offer? Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Hook, and the US West where the 2012 wildfire season burned 30% more area than in an average year call for response. Can we blithely go on living lives of consumption and not look deep into our soul and ask what are the things I can change in my life that will allow me to help others – to make some small effort to contribute to the hurts and healing of others.
There are those lines in the letter to the Colossians that say, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” What a great way to live. Giving yourself away is not just charitable, it helps you come alive in ways that you would never discover unless you do. I’m still learning what that means – I invite you to take that same journey.