As we remember the year behind us, I encourage you to pause. Over time, I’ve started looking at the New Year as a time to reflect on the year that has passed and open myself up to the infinite possibilities ahead.
Time is an illusion, and perfection is a hamster wheel. None of us has a crystal ball on just how long we have left on this earthy plane. A few weeks ago, a good friend sat in the hospital for days with her mom, who was rushed in for gastro issues. Out of nowhere, both of their lives changed on a dime.
None of us knows what the future holds, and one thing that this past year has brought even more focus for me is being in the present moment. Where you have power is NOW. Stop speed-dialing through your to-do list and pause. Stop replaying what has already taken place and move forward. The wrangling during the night about conversations you wish had gone differently, the chances you didn’t take, the flashback to years ago, none of these events that cannot be changed.
Challenges will happen in your life. If you can, pause before reacting. Maybe you’ve missed a traffic light, and you’re running late for an appointment. That light may have been the greatest gift that day by avoiding an accident you would have been in had you made the light.
Approach difficulties with a kind heart instead of pushing through with your agenda. Maybe, just maybe, pulling back and seeing the bigger picture gives new clarity to a situation. Rather than focus on the negatives that may have woven themselves into your life, can you open yourself up to possibilities ahead? Be grateful for the moments that filled your heart. Honor your mistakes and honor yourself for the incredible person you are and the brilliance you bring to the world.
Acknowledge the lives you have touched and pay respect to yourself for the positive impact you have made on the lives of others.
In this New Year, I encourage you to:
Take the time you have right now and play, try new things, and do something you’ve always wanted to, no matter how small that is.
Follow your heart.
Practice gratitude throughout your day by noticing the ‘ordinary.’
Be kind through your new year, and let it begin with YOU.
I wish you peace and gentle heart-filled moments throughout the days ahead.