Today is a new day-a new beginning

In a world of turmoil, it is often challenging to think that tomorrow can be different and better.  Yet, each day is an opportunity to accept whatever happened in the past and look forward to the unfolding present.  So often, we anticipate that the future will be the same or worse especially if we feel depressed, suffer from ongoing  pain, chronic illness, family or work stress, etc.  At those moments, we forget that yesterday’s memories may contribute to how we experience and interpret the future.  Most of us do not know what the future will bring, thus be open to new opportunities for growth and well-being. For the New Year, adapt a daily ritual that I learned from a remarkable healer Dora Kunz.

Each morning when you get out of bed, take a few slow deep breaths. Then think of someone who you feel loved by and makes you smile whether your grandmother, aunt or dog.  Then when you get up and put your feet on the ground, say out loud, “Today is a new day- a new beginning.” 

Watch the following two videos of people for whom the future appeared hopeless and yet had the courage to transcend their limitations and offer inspiration and joy.

Janine Shepherd: A broken body isn’t a broken personCross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal — until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.

Ma Li and Zhai Xiaowei: Hand in HandThis is a video of a broadcast that originally aired on China’s English-language CCTV channel 9 during a modern dance competition in Beijing, China in 2007. This very unique couple–she without an arm, he without a leg–was one of the finalists among 7000 competitors in the 4th CCTV national dance competition. It is the first time a handicapped couple had ever entered the competition. They won the silver medal and became an instant national hit. The young woman, in her 30’s, was a dancer who had trained since she was a little girl. Later in life, she lost her entire right arm in an automobile accident and fell into a state of depression for a few years. After rebounding, she decided to team with a young man who had lost his leg in a farming accident as a boy and who was completely untrained in dance. After a long and sometimes agonizing training regimen, this is the result. The dance is performed by Ma Li (馬麗) and Zhai Xiaowei (翟孝偉). The music “Holding Hands” is composed by San Bao and choreographed by Zhao Limin.



3 Comments on “Today is a new day-a new beginning”

  1. Very moving, inspiring dance. Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing it.

  2. That’s beautiful, Erik. As usual. I’m doing it.

  3. Lilian Rosenbaum says:

    Erik, YOU are remarkable. The true story you found, the timing you send it ( in the first hours of 2019 ), , the inspiration you provide to ordinary people like me who have “ordinary” challenges which at time can be serious but don’t begin to compare – you continue to be a leader in the field, always will be. Blessings for you and family in 2019. You are a professor to your students, and to all of us ordinary folks lucky to receive your messages,

    I was going to put this in your blog, decided too long. But if you like, copy/paste or I can.

    Blessings to you and family in 2019. Lilian

    On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 8:08 PM the peper perspective wrote:

    > erikpeper posted: “In a world of turmoil, it is often challenging to think > that tomorrow can be different and better. Yet, each day is an opportunity > to accept whatever happened in the past and look forward to the unfolding > present. So often we anticipate that the future ” >

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