We all want to start the New Year right. Here are some things I generally start around the New Year to help me feel refreshed, rejuvenated and have more clarity. Instead of focusing on resolutions, I like to spend some time in an annual reflection that ends with reorganization of my mind and heart for a better year.
First, make amends. Don’t start the New Year with loose ends. If you have a long lost friend you’ve been thinking of, connect now. If you’ve been too stubborn in a recent argument, admit your faults now. Most importantly, if you aren’t where you hoped you would be today, forgive yourself and find peace NOW. Make amends with people in your life, with yourself, and with your situations.
Second, let go. Let go of all the toxic in your life. This geos for food you’ve been meaning to cut out, habits you want to break, AND people who bring you down. Don’t hold on to things, people, or ideas that make you unhappy. Life is short and for the next year try to remember that you can manipulate your own life so it’s something worth living.
Thirdly, hold on. Hold on to everything you have that makes you happy. Don’t get so caught up in what you want to change for 2012 that you forget about what you want to stay the same. The New Year is a time for resolutions, for changes, for making your life better, but remember…there are things in your life that you take for granted, that you have right now and wouldn’t want to change. So, hold on to them, and show appreciation.
Finally be at peace. I have found that happiness is a counterpart of peace. Have your desires, your hopes, and your resolutions but also find peace with what you do have. Be thankful for everything 2011 has brought to you…even the struggles. Right now, you are who you are, and you are where you are because of what happened in 2011. I say this from personal experience. 2011 was not the best year for me, but honestly, today, I am happy to be who I am, and where I am. Only with this peace with my past, can I be happy in my present, and have more hope for my future. So, I advise that before you take some time to think about what you want for 2012…step back and admire what and where 2011 brought you.
Happy New Year,