I loved watching all the videos of people calling God to make sure they aren’t on his strongest warriors list for 2023. They were funny. However, it has been weighing on me to send this message. I have good news and not-so-good news. The good news is most of you are NOT on God’s stronger warriors list. The not-so-great news is that your life feels like it’s been in upheaval because it is, and you asked for it. You asked for change. You asked for a different life. Unfortunately, change that drastic requires a ton of movement. Your life can’t change and stay the same simultaneously. And the news you will like the least is that, for most of you, the upheaval will continue through a good portion of 2023 before it levels out.
None of this is entirely bad news! It’s just that right now you are exhausted and maybe a bit nervous, afraid, and lonely. Rapid change and growth can be tremendously isolating. It can also feel like your life is one big earthquake with a billion aftershocks. It’s unsettling. I know. I’ve been there, and I’m back again. So I get that it is a time of great instability and emotional turbulence.
I have three pieces of advice. One, find ways to get centered and take care of yourself. Take walks, meditate, put your phone on Do Not Disturb, and sit in silence for a bit. Two, journal. It doesn’t seem like it now, but you will want to remember this journey when it’s over. It will be good to see how far you’ve come. Also, you will need ways to process and release all that is bubbling to the surface. So write. Find prompts if you need to. The third piece of advice is to cultivate joy. This one is hard, especially when you are drained. The one thing we did during lockdown was have dance parties. It helped raise our spirits and gave us a few minutes to laugh and connect through that stressful time. We don’t do them anymore, but I still have quick dance moments when I’m alone in the kitchen cooking or doing dishes.
The song that does it for me, no matter my mood, is I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston. It’s 4 minutes and 55 seconds of irresistible pure joy.
Okay. One more. My fourth piece of advice is to engage in whatever uplifts you spiritually. Pray, go to church, fast, or read your holy book, etc. You asked for a change, and you are getting it, but it will take some work on your part. You have to be able to see the vision and hear any directions you are given. Go get connected to your higher power.
I admit to not doing this my first go round, and life nearly brought me to my knees. I literally asked God what I was being punished for. And the answer, though short and sweet, came way too nonchalantly for my liking. “You aren’t being punished. You asked for this.” Rude.
Silly me. I thought the answer to that prayer would be a warm, fuzzy feeling in my chest and everything miraculously turning around for my highest good. I didn’t expect it to feel like a four-month surgery without anesthesia!
The moral of the story is listen for your directions and follow through, or the universe will have to take even more drastic measures. It is better if you cooperate.
Now for the group of people on God’s strongest warriors list. I can’t say I’m sorry because the world needs you. I will say that I understand, and I am praying for your strength and peace. Honestly, the advice will work for you too. Get grounded. Restore your energy. Get connected. Find joy. And release everything that does belong to you and does not serve you regularly. Rest. Warrior work is hard on the mind, body, and spirit.
Whether you are a spiritual warrior, a healer, asked for change, or just feel like life is doing too much with your right now, I hope you find solace and strength in 2023. I hope you have the outcomes and reality that are for your highest good. May you have inner peace through your trials and joy through the dark and frustrating weeks. I encourage you to keep the faith. It will get better soon.