So, how was your 2015?
As you think of the answer, what comes to mind first?
I can tell you that for most people it’s a list of everything that went wrong, things they didn’t accomplish, and dreams unfulfilled. Followed by a list of things and people to blame for it.
I say let's change that this year!
Let’s instead make a list of all that went right, focus on all the miracles that have happened. I am sure you had some miracles come your way as we all do in some form. I say, let’s notice all that you have accomplished, especially the things you did not plan on but have done anyway. Let’s think of all the valuable lessons you’ve learned and all the joy you’ve experienced.
How does this feel?
You see, we can sit there and reflect on what didn’t work or on what did work. We can try to explain why things went wrong and who or what to blame for it or we can acknowledge ourselves for making it to today, the last year of the year, and having a chance to try it all again next year.
As I look back I see so much goodness; amazing friends, new and old; incredible lessons I have learned, even though some of them I really had to look for. But the important thing is that I found them. And I can tell you this, too: the more I had to search for them in the tough, dark moments, the more amazing and valuable they were. And I’m grateful.
The best part of this is that I realize how much I UNLEARNED.
How many true miracles I have experienced and how many beautiful things so many wonderful people expressed to me.
I want to remember all the inspired moments I was blessed to enjoy; sunsets and sunrises, days in the woods, wisdom to have realized, and so many beautiful words that spilled onto the pages of my notebooks (I have yet to share).
But enough about me.
Please know how much I want for you to feel and remember all the beauty that you have experience this past year. All the joyful moments, laughter, songs you favoured, people you’ve held and kissed, and touched with your heart. The smiles you’ve shared, even those unreturned. The delicious meals you had, the friends you made, the hot summer days, the crisp foggy mornings of Fall that smelled so fresh!
All the moments when you felt so good about yourself, all the times you’ve exceeded your own expectations, what you did, and how you did it.
I know for sure there were some.
Let your memory take you back to all those awesome moments you loved and enjoyed so much and feel them with every cell of your body. Then allow this energy to fill your entire Being and know it’s yours anytime you want it. And I invite you to take all of that into your future.
There are many fantastic ways and rituals to experience life in a new way.
Here are some ideas:
1. Keep a gratitude journal.
2. Make a weekly list of all the miracles that graced your life.
3. Have a jar or some closed container which you fill with little notes of accomplished goals, things you’re grateful for, wishes fulfilled, etc. You get to design this as you like.
4. List the things you want to accomplish in the New Year and every morning or, at least every week, meditate on those things and feel the feeling of accomplishing them.
5. Expect Miracles and they WILL show up! Guaranteed!
6. Cut yourself some slack. You deserve it.
7. Honor yourself, all the things you have done, and obstacles you've overcome.
YOU are AWESOME!
May 2016 be Your Best Year Ever and may You be able to Live Your Life Your Way!
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Thank you so much!
About the Author
In early Spring of 2011, as I sat with my journal at a family cabin, I felt the seed of my creative writing come through from beneath the surface. As I picked up my pen to begin my first journal entry, I felt a feeling of profound peace and indescribable comfort. All was well. I felt I was Home - finally!