One of my favorite weeks of the year is between Christmas and the New Year. There is a stillness, a calm, a quiet, and yet a pulse running through the week filled with excitement on what’s to come. The beginning of a new year is laced with hope and possibility.
During that week I often reflect on my year that is coming to a close. I think about the celebrations, the fun, the laughter, friendships, love, travel, and of course hugs. I also think about the sorrows, the tears and the challenges that I went through during the year, whether they were personal, professional, or global issues that brought me into a space of fear. I think about my accomplishments along with my ‘I could have done that better’ moments knowing all of it is what makes life beautiful, messy, and oh so worthy of truly living it.
After my year-end review, I write out what I want to leave behind, what I want to take with me, and what I want to create more of moving forward. I’m filled with possibility and excitement for what is to come. I personally don’t do New Year resolutions but I do think about how I want to show up as in the new year and what I want to experience more of and less of. I think about who I want to spend my time, energy, and resources with. I think about what I value and how I want to surround myself with people and experiences that are aligned with my values. I come up with a word to be my guiding light through the upcoming year. This year I’ve chosen FAITH. I’ve thought it all through, written it down, and then prepare to release it into the new year followed up with – this or something greater for the highest good of all involved.
New Year’s Eve comes and the year is put to bed. The first days or possibly weeks of January are often still filled with wonder and excited anticipation. As the month nears it’s end, it appears the honeymoon period of the new year is over. In fact, there is a day called Blue Monday that is considered the saddest day of the year. What now? I started the year with hope, wonder, excitement and knowing magic and miracles would unfold. Am I losing hope within just a few weeks? The weather is often gloom and my holiday twinkle lights are nowhere to be found to brighten up the dreary days. Am I allowing the weather to affect me? What now? How can I or anyone maintain hope, possibility, excitement and enthusiasm when life seems to have settled back into normalcy? You know how? By moving through each day as a New Day.
Moving forward, I encourage you to appreciate your new day(s) by:
Remembering it’s a choice. You can choose to see the blessings in the storm. You can choose to see each day as precious. You can choose to step into deep gratitude and see the beauty in ALL aspects of your life – yep even the ones that are filled with fear. Choices may not be easy, but they are always possible. Choose love.
Being okay when you aren’t your best self. We all have moments (sometimes days) where we are thinking, speaking and acting from a space of fear rather than love. And that is okay. Even in those moments, you can choose to see these experiences as the ‘I don’t want this’ and now reframe it into ‘I want this’ to move forward with.
Seeing the day with kindness, compassion, and love for yourself and all those that are part of your day. Remember that at any given moment we are doing our best, so be gentle with yourself and others.
Playing ‘what if’. What if today is the day you receive great news? What if today is the day you meet the man or woman of your dreams? What if today is the day you _____ (fill in the blank).
Mostly, my wish for you in all your new days ahead is to truly live them and not walk through them in normal mode. Today isn’t just another Monday. Today is the only Monday, January 2, 2017 you will ever have. Breathe that in for a moment. You are so very worthy of living boldly, loving deeply, laughing loudly, hugging intently, and smiling brightly each and every day.
Until next time, NOW is the exact moment to be love in action.
Right NOW all is well.
Words to Live By:
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” ~ Og Mandino
“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir
“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” ~ Ralph Marston
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