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April 11, 2013
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FENSKE: Put life in your years, not years in your life

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham LincolnIt is my birthday as I write this, and as with every birthday in each passing year the day gives me pause for reflection. I reflect on the last year and look at it with a scrutinizing spiritual, metaphysical eye. What did I do with those 365 days? Did I fill them with joy and adventure and love? Did I do things to evolve my consciousness and transcend my ego just a little bit more? Did I take each experience and learn from it and grow? Did I contribute to the higher good?As I sit and review my life of the past year I remember something I heard once and it still resonates with me today. It is that maturity has more to do with the types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated. I'm not taking anything away from celebration because I believe we all deserve to be celebrated. I am saying that the lessons we've learned from our experiences are the fodder for wisdom - the more we've learned and grown from the lessons, the wiser and more mature we become.Reflecting on the past year of my life I see that the lessons from my experiences are a lot about trust and faith. They are not about blind faith, rather a natural faith from a knowing deep within my essence. They are about an understanding of a Truth that I intuitively know that something much bigger is going on than my physical eyes can see. The lessons are about letting go of my will and resting in the will and love of my Beloved and trusting in the guidance I receive from my Essential/Authentic Self.Learning to relax and move with the flow of my divinity without doubt, without questioning has changed my Reality immensely. I no longer struggle with those things I cannot change. I no longer resist what is. I just surf with the flow of Divine Wisdom and know that the Universe is always there to support me. It may sometimes look different than what I expected, but I am always taken care of. This is validated as I reflect not only on the past year, but also in years gone by.I've learned to let go of my agenda as to when things "should" happen in my life. When things aren't happening according to my plan I just breathe, go inward and remember that God's timing is perfect, that maybe just maybe a delay is in my best interest and it will all unfold at the perfect time in the perfect way. This allowing for Divine timing brings peace and ease to my life and a smile to my face.This past year has shown me that there is a Divine Order to everything and if I Just ask, my solutions will be shown to me. I've learned the difference between forced manifestations and simply asking for my desires to be manifested for the highest good of all involved. I've learned how to ask and then release my asking, knowing that I will be shown the right path or course to take or the right decision to make.More than anything I've learned to be grateful this year. I am grateful for the many blessings and beauty in my life. I am grateful for my family and all the people who have loved and supported me. I am grateful for the graces that I have received, for my health, my creativity, all the abundance around me, and even for my challenges.This year has been full of life for me and looking back on this illuminates this truth for me. I encourage you, whenever your birthday is, to take the time for reflection and see how far you've come in the year since your last birthday. Be grateful for your growth and transformation and make a commitment to put life in your years, not just years in your life.Catherine Fenske is the owner of Live With Intention Coaching. She is spiritual counselor/teacher, certified life coach, Reiki master/teacher. Catherine can be reached at 505-795-7779 or email at Visit or her blog at

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