New Year Musings
“We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them.”
Another New Year welcomed, and suitably rung in with all the glitz, glamour and fireworks we seem to ascribe to the event. I have often thought of the New Year as being a bit like an Etch-A-Sketch. We draw and write all over the year and then on Dec 31st, we flip it over, give it a good shake and start with a blank screen.
I don’t make resolutions per se. I do make wishes that I try to turn into something that I can do something with or about over the course of the year. Call them goals or resolutions if you must but for me it seems to work. Whenever I start off a statement with “I resolve to…” I am heading down the path of disappointment. That only took me 65 years to figure that out about myself.
When I look back on the year past, I do so with an eye on accomplishments and things that went right; perhaps in an attempt to duplicate success. I don’t spend a great deal of time lamenting what didn’t happen or what I wished I had done – for me that serves no purpose.
For things I would like to accomplish in the year. I do write them down and post them somewhere where I can see them and be reminded of them. This process works for me as I need a constant reminder to stay focussed and not get too sidetracked with things that seem like way more fun but are not as rewarding (financially or emotionally). Fun is important, don’t get me wrong, a short trip to the casino does wonders to lift one’s spirits.
This approach over the last 20+ years has lead me to where I am today – living the life I love, doing what I want and following my heart’s desire. So, when it comes to your goals be creative, be daring, work towards that dream you have in your heart and start on the road to those goals (aka resolutions, wishes, statements of intent whatever you want to call them). Don’t procrastinate or try to make them perfect, just get started and see where it leads.
Flip over the Etch-A-Sketch with 2017 on it, shake it good and hard, then start off with a blank screen and get busy wishing.
“A new year is like a blank book. The pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself.”