Posts Tagged ‘New Year’
“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.” -Sarah Ban Breathnach.
As with every new year we get a clean hopeful slate on which to scribble our aspirations on. Many resolutions are made, but notoriously not kept. They begin with a vigor only to be abandoned half way or later on. Why? Do we have short attention spans, lose focus, get tired easily, or just make goals up for fun? It’s likely a small amount of all of those but mainly what we choose to focus on. Are we keeping our eye continually on the prize and remaining positive or letting fear and doubt creep in on us? Many times in the pursuit of happiness we need to build a defense wall up against fear and doubt. This New Year began with me down in the trenches and feeling hopelessly sad. However, as the new days of January began to pour in, I shifted my focus and the gloom lifted. I had to consciously choose to look at the bright side of the coming year. Even in the little things like a great upcoming film, phone upgrade(I love new gadgets), or paying down my debts. Those are all good things to look forward to and helped nudge that gloom on it’s way right out of the door. Today, I am hopeful about the future because I’m only seeing the good things. I have eliminated watching reading or listening to negative content. Cutting out as much negative(or dark) noise from your reality is crucial. Just like advertising can subconsciously and subtly have an effect on you, so can the negative influences in the world around us. Therefore, keep it light! You may have to cut out a show or certain music, but the resulting clearing of air and your mind is well worth it. The effects of being choosey about what you let in are huge. Don’t accept those negative things(or thoughts) through the gates of your mind. Be a vigilante! Stop those thoughts from entering before they even begin. Better yet, negate those negative thoughts and give them a dose of their own medicine. When you hear a voice that whispers things like “Your never going to get there.” or “ It’s not going to happen.” and “Why even bother?” Declare out loud the opposite of those statements. After all, even Michelangelo’s masterpiece the David; was formed by diligently chipping away at a massive block of marble. Not to mention, marble is one of the hardest rocks out there. Dare I say it’s difficult just as your circumstances or goals may be. Except, Michelangelo persevered and look what He accomplished? A timeless and breath taking masterpiece! In the same way make your life a David.
keep chipping away!
Having a blank slate is sometimes as daunting as it is exciting.” -Joe Madureira.
So, what are you going to do next? I think we all ask ourselves this, especially at the beginning of a new year. I was asked this after completing a large goal that I had dreamed up many months prior to actually completing it. At the time I could only figure I’d keep striving and move forward to yet an even larger goal, a complete recovery. After the ball dropped in Times Square New York and cheers erupted around me, I finally found my answer to that question. While I certainly fulfilled a day dream by walking across the Brooklyn Bridge(see here!) at the same time I accomplished something even larger. I didn’t realize this until the clock struck twelve and 2016 was ushered in with champagne that I had my answer. Any goals that I have set and met were years in the making and a concerted effort. Even more important than my daydreams is all the wisdom and strength I have garnered by pushing through and past the many struggles I have faced. Each new idea was but a spark that eventually caused a forest fire in the landscape of my mind. I also could not have fulfilled these goals without the helping hands of friends, family, and generous strangers. Each of their hands joined to create a bridge I could walk across to reach the other side. Oftentimes those goals involved independence and things people take for granted everyday. The ability of having freedom of physical movement,walking, social skills, and many simple activities of daily living. Each of your accomplishments are the result of a concerted effort as well. Without the support of others many of us would still be at the starting line of the race. Entering this new year it will be best spent continuing on the journey of moving forward, and if I’m lucky in this new year that bridge of hands will still be there.
make a bridge for others!
“Don’t let your fear of what could happen, make nothing happen.” -unknown
How likely is it that what you fear will come true? It’s good to ask yourself these questions. Is this true? Is it factual? Do I know what the future holds? By asking yourself these questions, your fear will soon hold little weight in your mind. Because, many of our fears have no real power and many aren’t steeped in reality. The likelihood that your fear will come true is slim to none. In the movies that you play in your mind are you the victim or the victor? Decide to see yourself healthy, wealthy, and victorious.Not to mention, you can control your fear, it doesn’t control you nor dictate your future. In 2016 we will have 365 days and 8,760 hours of time to fill as we choose, don’t let fear cause you to waste any of it! This new year signifies a fresh start for all of us around the world. It holds new goals, new possibilities, new opportunities, and new horizons! Among these things, in the United States, many set for themselves New Year’s resolutions. However, many resolutions while they have strong beginnings eventually taper off into the dust bin of forgotten. So many people are pre-occupied with body image and health, they forget about their mental health. Rather then resolve to eat healthier, why not resolve to think healthier? Part of that is to shed the thoughts and feelings preventing you from your full potential. Not enough of us are told that we can set our own limits, as well as break them. One of the biggest offenders is fear and his sidekick doubt. These two combined have paralyzed many ideas in their infancy as well as the people who originated them. Too often they plant the seeds of failure in your mind, that then bloom into invisible walls. It’s the fearless who find ways over the walls and meet their dreams on the other side. What ever it is you’d like to do, or the goal that you wish to meet, you can achieve it. Choose to shed fear rather then pounds at the gym. Without the weight of it holding you down, you’ll be so light, that reaching the stars will naturally become possible.
shoot for the moon!
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” -Dalai Lama
“ So this is Christmas and what have you done?” asks a pensive John Lennon in his song also known as Happy Xmas(War is Over.
With the upcoming holidays and the world on the brink of what seems like another war, this 1963 song seems eerily relevant today. Around the globe the coming of the new year is met with holiday celebrations and the symbolism of a fresh start. Instead of looking back, consider the future rather then harbor any regrets, and instead make up your mind to change them as you move forward. The impending holidays also bring to the forefront of people’s minds the spirit of altruism. While We can’t all spend our days giving 100% of ourselves to charity, We can at least vow to be a positive influence on ourselves and others, rather then a negative one. As humans it’s all too easy to be self centered, and our selfishly motivated decisions can sometimes hurt others. What many people don’t fully realize is that in helping others you actually help yourself too. Therefore in giving you’re also receiving, it’s a win-win situation! As the new year brings with it renewed motivation for personal goals, why not with it a new vision? A vision that is geared more towards equality, peace, positivity, and altruism. The consideration We have for the good of mankind should be in the forefront more then once a year, or only reserved for when a tragedy strikes. The larger question that looms is “Can these things be brought about on a regular basis, rather then just by Santa Claus or new year resolutions?” The good news is that you don’t have to wait for someone else to answer this question, because you can. Each of us has a choice everyday rather then just once a year to pursue dreams, set new goals, be a positive influence , and to help others. Don’t just meet each new year with zest and motivation but how about each new day?
Tomorrow is new and cheers!