Greeting from all of us here at Serenity Now.
I Brooke want to thank you for your persistent and nonstop support of us through all the years.
By the way, Happy New Year! Around this time I play with the idea of a New Year’s resolution. So here I was at this familiar crossroad, and if you have met me before you know that I will ask the Universe for help. So I did.
The very next day, I was minding my own business and getting some much needed paperwork done. The T.V. was on, only as background noise. I happened to glance at the screen. The show Good Morning America was on. I have not watched it for years. On this particular morning the four finalist on Dancing with the Stars were being interviewed. The professionals are so in shape, so talented and so beautiful, you could almost use the word “perfect” to describe them. The celebrities are stars in their own field of course, the show is appropriately named. They were all smiling not just an everyday ordinary smile, but one that if I didn’t know any better, I would have thought it was a toothpaste commercial. The conversations centered around how appreciative they were of each other, how great they felt about themselves and their partners, and how they had loved their whole experience. Wow! I was impressed.
On that same screen at the bottom there was a running stream of words. I don’t know what it’s called, maybe a news ticker? It seemed to be the news of the day at a global scale. I do not remember the particular names of the countries or events but pretty much it was a report of disaster, destruction and horror around our planet. I was appalled at what I was reading. I was also amazed at the difference between what was being shown at the top of the screen and the bottom of the screen. The contrast would have been unbelievable had I not seen it with my own eyes. There is a line in A Course in Miracles that says: “Holy Spirit teaches by contrast” (Chapter 14, Section II). I felt like my Higher Power had just handed me my New Year’s resolution on a silver platter. I could keep my eyes lifted up and focused on the Divine, or I could look down and let the quicksand of negativity drown me.