The New Year is typically a time to make positive changes. An opportunity for fresh starts, or new beginnings. A chance to wipe the slate clean and start again.
Instead of setting goals that eventually turn into dreaded chores and eventual feelings of guilt and failure, why not decide to take a different approach this year.
Start the new year on a positive note – one that celebrates and rejoices in the little moments instead of focusing on changes that need to be made.
For example, I want to climb back into bed on the weekends without feeling guilty, light candles with dinner, and spend more time outside. Enrich my spiritual life, see my children and grandchildren more often, and try some new recipes. I want to keep informed, yet not feel over-whelmed with uneasiness in this uncertain world of ours.
Cheers to you 2016! Thank you for all of the experiences (mostly good) and all of the memories that were created.
On New Years Eve I will raise a glass to 2017, to the unknown, to the hope of future blessings and to the fulfillment of life as I age.
This Irish blessing seems to sum it up best:
May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
Happy New Year!