Having lived inside the year 2018, it’s interesting to look back on it all. What changes were there? Who came into our lives, and who left our lives? Did we actually keep our New Year’s resolutions last January 1st? Did we make any changes to our lives, and did we reach out to others? Did we polish up our talents, or let them lie fallow?
And as for New Year’s resolutions, if the resolutions from 2017 didn’t work out, it doesn’t make us failures. It could just be that we chose the wrong resolutions. Perhaps we expect too much of ourselves when we are not ready to make changes. It could be that we thought we should be like someone else, and, since we were not like that person, we saw it as failure.
Each year can simply be a milestone. We really do not need to struggle to make ourselves into being something we are not. Just because we are not perfect does not mean that we are failures; it just means that we need to appreciate ourselves for who and what we are right now.
My own New Year’s resolutions have been pared down to a mere three:
- Be aware and present each day.
- I’m better this year than last, so celebrate the better and let go of the last.
- Forgive myself and others and remember that the past is past, and let it go.
When you think about it, each and every day is the start of a new year; the past is past and the present is before us each day. Learn from the past and let it go. Look to each day as a new chance.
Most of all, be yourself. There is no one else like you, and you are here for a reason and a purpose. It may take a lifetime to figure out what that reason and purpose is, so give it some thought each day. Whatever you choose for resolutions for 2019, make them your own, but don’t be shackled to them.
Happy New Year, everyone.